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Billythreefeathers
06-15-2017, 03:38 PM
National Aboriginal Day Should Be A Statutory Holiday: NDP MP Georgina Jolibois

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/15/national-aboriginal-day-georgina-jolibois_n_17124792.html

An NDP MP is pushing the federal government to recognize National Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday.

Saskatchewan’s Georgina Jolibois, who also serves as her party’s deputy critic for indigenous affairs, tabled a private member’s bill Thursday inspired by a specific call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The TRC report into the shameful history of Canada’s residential school system called for a statutory holiday — the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” — to honour survivors. Jolibois told HuffPost Canada in an email that she believes her bill could support the "spirit" of the TRC recommendation by encouraging Canadians to reflect on the dark chapter of their country's past.

“This holiday will further ensure the public’s recognition of this history, legacy and the Treaty relationship which remains a vital component of the reconciliation process,” Jolibois said in a statement.

National Aboriginal Day, which was established in 1996, takes place every June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice. Though it is meant as a day to celebrate the heritage and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, it wasn’t until 2001 that the Northwest Territories recognized the day as a stat holiday.

Yukon followed suit just this month in the first piece of legislation passed by the territory’s new Liberal government.

If passed, Jolibois' bill would apply to workers in the federal public sector. "It is the private sector’s prerogative to offer the day off to their employees. We cannot impose on provinces to adopt the bill if passed in the House of Commons due to jurisdictional limits," she told HuffPost.

'Significant' timing

Jolibois, who is Dene, said the timing of her bill is “significant” for indigenous people because while “everyone is celebrating Canada 150, few are recognizing the sad realities.” She is the former mayor of La Loche, Sask., the remote community rocked by a mass school shooting last year.

“I have seen too much suffering in my riding in Northern Saskatchewan: suicides are frequent, women and girls continue to disappear and clean water is inaccessible in many communities,” she said.

“National Aboriginal Day honours the First Peoples of the land while offering an opportunity to better understand and address the underlining shortfalls towards Indigenous communities."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked National Aboriginal Day last June with a sunrise ceremony in Gatineau, Que., performed by First Nations elders against the backdrop of Parliament Hill. He also paddled the Ottawa River in a canoe with 12 Métis, Inuit, and First Nation youth.

Liberals have pledged to implement all 94 recommendations of the TRC report.

Billythreefeathers
06-15-2017, 03:40 PM
On National Aboriginal Day I'll be drinking a big glass of whiskey in honour of the day,,, 21 June (if the wife lets me)

maybe do some dancing around the camp fire,, depends on how big the glass is ;)

Sinbad
06-15-2017, 03:41 PM
I thought whole year was one big tax free holiday

Billythreefeathers
06-15-2017, 03:43 PM
I thought whole year was one big tax free holiday

only if your the Chief

Sinbad
06-15-2017, 03:44 PM
Oh my Mistake

lone-wolf
06-15-2017, 03:50 PM
June? No good. I don't get any day offs in June.

linung
06-15-2017, 03:57 PM
On National Aboriginal Day I'll be drinking a big glass of whiskey in honour of the day,,, 21 June (if the wife lets me)

maybe do some dancing around the camp fire,, depends on how big the glass is ;)

Not sure if this is stereo typing... but I was under the impression that whiskey was one of the tools used by early explorer/settlers to cheat the First Nation out of land and other stuff. So having a drink would be more of an insult, than tribute.

I think to honour their heritage, we should have open season on every game animal there is and dispense with the silly game tag, regulation, and limits. After all it is part of their heritage to be free to hunt.

Sinbad
06-15-2017, 04:00 PM
And we wouldn't have one animal left
Not sure if this is stereo typing... but I was under the impression that whiskey was one of the tools used by early explorer/settlers to cheat the First Nation out of land and other stuff. So having a drink would be more of an insult, than tribute.

I think to honour their heritage, we should have open season on every game animal there is and dispense with the silly game tag, regulation, and limits. After all it is part of their heritage to be free to hunt.

soulchaser
06-15-2017, 04:00 PM
"If passed, Jolibois' bill would apply to workers in the federal public sector. "It is the private sector’s prerogative to offer the day off to their employees. We cannot impose on provinces to adopt the bill if passed in the House of Commons due to jurisdictional limits," she told HuffPost."


Oh, so you just want fed government workers to get another paid day off then.......

Billythreefeathers
06-15-2017, 04:10 PM
Not sure if this is stereo typing... but I was under the impression that whiskey was one of the tools used by early explorer/settlers to cheat the First Nation out of land and other stuff. So having a drink would be more of an insult, than tribute.


I'm talking about the good stuff,,, not the gut rot they traded for Canada ;)

Swampdonkey
06-15-2017, 04:13 PM
Every nation has substance abuse stereotypes - Irish whiskey, Chinese opium, Viking mushrooms, Arabic hashish, French wine, Gothic mead, Newfie rum, Russian vodka - you could make a racist caricature out of any of them. But notice the rest know it doesn't define them, and it doesn't hold their culture back. Not so with Indians. In Canada, because of the Liberal Party, to be an Indian is to be a failure, incapable of living normally. The Liberals treat Indians like invalids, showing how academic progressives really see them.

88 louie
06-15-2017, 09:16 PM
They really should of chose April 1st, for continuing to believe what liberals tell them.

FALover
06-15-2017, 10:25 PM
The TRC report into the shameful history of Canada’s residential school system called for a statutory holiday — the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” — to honour survivors. Jolibois told HuffPost Canada in an email that she believes her bill could support the "spirit" of the TRC recommendation by encouraging Canadians to reflect on the dark chapter of their country's past.

One again the whining socialists are going for the 'white guilt'. Well screw them all. I had nothing to do with our countries past, nothing to do with any "dark chapters" and I certainly do not think that throwing tons of cash and keeping them on reserves is helpful by any stretch of the imagination. Another stat holiday will do nothing but lower Canadian productivity and as for that comment regarding federal employees, most are underworked the best of times. My tax dollars could go to better use and Remembrance Day is one of them. No holiday but more recognition countrywide, give grants to youth groups to preserve local cenotaphs and teach them the meaning of remembrance. I could go on but my point has been made.

Doug_M
06-16-2017, 04:45 AM
Why does it have to be a TRC themed holiday? Are any other holidays focused on bad times? Why can't we celebrate 1st Nations in a positive way?

Mark-II
06-16-2017, 06:23 AM
Why does it have to be a TRC themed holiday? Are any other holidays focused on bad times? Why can't we celebrate 1st Nations in a positive way?


Because progressives wouldn't be progressive without victims to "care" about.

And you can't ever promote in your victim class a sense of self-worth.

Justin's government is an abusive parent

M1917 Enfield
06-16-2017, 06:52 AM
Why does it have to be a TRC themed holiday? Are any other holidays focused on bad times? Why can't we celebrate 1st Nations in a positive way?

Quebec's National Patriotes Day held in Quebec instead of the Victoria Day Stat holiday and at the same time as Victoria day is in the rest of Canada used to be called Dollard Day before 2003.

Adam Dollard des Ormeaux was a failed French Canadian colonial garrison commander responsible for the deaths of at least several hundred Iroquois. In the spring of 1660, Dollard led an expedition up the Ottawa River to ambush and kill some Iroquois. It failed and they were later surrounded by about 700 Iroquois and after a siege lasting several days, they were all killed in what became known as the Battle of Long Sault.

Now it is a claimed as a day to celebrate the leaders of the 'Les rébellions de 1837' or 1837 Rebellion, such as Papineau. BTW, the Quebec based rebellion lost to the Canadian government too!

"Those rebels who were arrested in Upper Canada following the 1837 failed uprisings were put on trial, with most being found guilty of insurrection against the Crown. One of the most severe punishments was the sentencing of Canadian rebels and American sympathizers to life in Australia's prison colonies.

Many of the leaders were publicly hanged. The public hangings of the rebel leaders took place in Court House Square, in between Toronto's new jail and courthouse."

Plinker 777
06-17-2017, 09:48 PM
Ahem.
http://www.twocircles.org/enewsarchive/images/CovenantChainWebVerMed.jpg

http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrvo/files/201302/Two_Row_Wampum_1.jpg

Defenstrator
06-18-2017, 05:22 PM
I think this is racially divisive and stupid. You are basically institutionalizing further the whole idea of us and them.

sltoronto
06-18-2017, 08:30 PM
Oh, so you just want fed government workers to get another paid day off then.......

They already have 364 of them every year ... plus one (accumulated) "sick" day every fourth one ... I think the last "working" day should stay "as-is" ...

wolver
06-19-2017, 07:49 AM
There's enough holidays in Canada. Time to get some work done, eh. Make it a non-paid holiday, and see how many people will go for it.

Donny Fenn
06-19-2017, 01:03 PM
There should be two stat holidays.
Canada Day and Remembrance Day, that's it.
Everything else can be negotiated with employers and employees based on religious or personal beliefs.
I think one day a month of nonstat holidays awarded should make up for all the pagan and royal holidays we now "celebrate".

speedloader
06-19-2017, 02:50 PM
They really should of chose April 1st, for continuing to believe what liberals tell them.

yep and anyone else that voted libtard should have to work that day APRIL FOOLS!

Butters Stotch
06-21-2017, 01:43 PM
There should be two stat holidays.
Canada Day and Remembrance Day, that's it.
Everything else can be negotiated with employers and employees based on religious or personal beliefs.
I think one day a month of nonstat holidays awarded should make up for all the pagan and royal holidays we now "celebrate".

There should be no stat holidays, days off should be decided between employee and employer, not legislated by some fool who only goes to work three days a week.

Swampdonkey
06-21-2017, 01:47 PM
There should be no stat holidays, days off should be decided between employee and employer, not legislated by some fool who only goes to work three days a week.

Especially since many positions need to be filled 24/7, statutory holidays as a day off work are imcompatible with the modern economy.

M1917 Enfield
06-21-2017, 03:12 PM
Especially since many positions need to be filled 24/7, statutory holidays as a day off work are imcompatible with the modern economy.

Insisting on the continuance of traditional Native lifestyles and beliefs are totally incompatible with a modern economy or nation!

It would be like we in the west never advanced and continued to live and follow traditions like we did 400 years ago, which would also mean we did not care what the natives thought as they lost in the battle for North America!

Do you hear any other group of people in the world insisting on living like they did 400 or more years ago but demanding at the same time all the benefits and luxuries of modern technology and western inventions besides the nut-jobs like the fundamentalist Muslims?

killer kane
06-21-2017, 06:52 PM
Maybe that's why we're in the situation here in kanuckistan that we are with the natives ( First across the land bridge) and budding islamo terrorists.

tigrr
06-21-2017, 08:08 PM
The natives want us all to see what it is like to not have to work for a living. Everyday is a holiday.

Coke
06-21-2017, 08:48 PM
Everyday is a holiday.

I thought it was - When you're retired, every day is a Saturday...

M1917 Enfield
06-21-2017, 10:21 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-aboriginal-indigenous-day-1.4170695


'Important step': Trudeau marks National Aboriginal Day with pledge to build relations, rename day

Assembly of First Nations welcomes move to rename occasion to bring it in line with UN


https://i.cbc.ca/1.3355319.1449585759!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/first-nations-assembly-20151208.jpg

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says he welcomes the move by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day.



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked National Aboriginal Day with a renewed commitment to building a stronger, government-to-government relationship and a promise to rename it National Indigenous Peoples Day.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Trudeau said the government is determined to make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous Canadians by closing socio-economic gaps, supporting greater self-determination and creating more opportunities to work on "shared priorities. "

"No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Our government is working together with Indigenous Peoples to build a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship – one based on respect, partnership, and recognition of rights," the prime minister's statement reads.

The statement said it is the government's intention is to rename the day National Indigenous Peoples Day, and that the government is reviewing all federal laws and policies to make progress on calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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The name change, which requires an order-in-council, will be in place for next year.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed the move, saying it would be more reflective of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"It's important to be consistent with international terminology. It's an important step, no question," he told CBC News in an interview.

Bellegarde ​called the day a chance to celebrate the contributions to the country and the resilience of Indigenous people.

'We're still here'

"In spite of the genocide from the residential schools and the colonization and oppression of the Indian Act and the exploitation of the land and territories, everything we have faced in the last 500 years, we're still here as Indigenous peoples," he said. "You can still hear our songs and our dance and our culture."

Bellegarde said there is an awakening in Canadians about the quality of life gap that persists for Indigenous people, including housing, education, access to water and suicide rates.

"What's hopeful for me is that Canadians are starting to get it. To have those statistics that plague Indigenous peoples be real in 2017 is just not acceptable anymore," he said. "To see the poverty, and to see the systemic discrimination within police and within health care system, it's just not acceptable and I think there's a crying need for changes. That's what's hopeful and providing inspiration for a better country going forward."

The prime minister has a noon ET event at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa, a heritage building and former United States embassy that is to become a space dedicated to Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities. CBCNews.ca will carry the event live.

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Trudeau said the day is an opportunity to recognize the "fundamental contributions" that First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation have made to the country, and urged Canadians to take part in Aboriginal Day activities in their communities to learn about the history, cultures and traditions of Indigenous people.

"The 150th anniversary of Confederation this year reminds us of the legacy of the past. As we look forward to the next 150 years, we commit to move ahead together in a spirit of reconciliation and respect," he said.

The NDP also released a statement marking National Aboriginal Day as an occasion to honour the contributions of Indigenous people, including work to champion environmental protection and social justice, while reflecting on the many challenges Indigenous people still face today.

"Every day that we, as Indigenous Peoples, walk through a society built on colonial values is a day that we are reminded of how much work there is still to do to ensure a successful future for all our children," Indigenous and Northern Affairs critic Romeo Saganash.

Statutory holiday?

NDP MP Georgina Jolibois has tabled a private member's bill to make National Aboriginal Day a national statutory holiday.

"The timing of this bill is significant for many people because while many are celebrating Canada 150, few are recognizing the sad realities and history of Indigenous Peoples. This recognition is necessary for reconciliation, and a renewed and sincere nation-to-nation relationship," Jolibois said in the statement.

"We can't change the past; however, we can be honest and educate ourselves so that history does not repeat itself."

Bellegarde supports making it a national statutory holiday.

"Education and awareness are two steps that lead to understanding that should lead to action," he said. "Having a statutory holiday for Indigenous Peoples Day is a way of educating Canadians, it's an opportunity to listen and learn. I think we've got to really interact more together and learn from each other because there's just not enough integration either way. We still live in solitudes."

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May issued a statement urging government action to address pressing issues such as the lack of clean drinking water and discrimination against Indigenous children.

"Advocates are pushing the federal government to abide by an order to provide equitable funding for child and family services on reserves. This year's budget contained nothing to address this shortfall in funding. This blatant discrimination tarnishes Canada's human rights record."

killer kane
06-22-2017, 11:42 AM
The lack of clean drinking water is on them!

awndray
06-27-2017, 09:07 PM
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Why we should not celebrate Canada 150

First things first; Canada has existed way longer than 150 years- look at any Indigenous histories. All 2017 marks is 150 years since the Canadian Federation Act was signed. The Canadian Federation Act combined Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into one British owned colony, that essentially means we are celebrating 150 years of colonization. The land was stolen from Indigenous people. The hype around Canada 150 is used to erase our legacy of colonization as well as Indigenous histories- to make Canada 150 seem like a holiday, opposed to a genocide. Canada 150 is only recognizing the histories of Canadians through a European descent by refusing to acknowledge the land and the people prior to 150 years. Moving into this week please be critical of what you are celebrating- or please don’t celebrate at all. Below is a website with resources to get started: http://unsettling150.ca/.

Doug_M
06-28-2017, 05:17 AM
"that essentially means we are celebrating 150 years of colonization"

Yes, yes am I celebrating that! No you can't have your land back either. In fact if I had my way I'd set you free by eliminating the Indian Act and giving you your reserve lands (as opposed to leasing it from the Crown). I'd ensure you had the same rights as all Canadians and that each individual got land and that all the riches afforded First Nations wasn't sucked up by the Chiefs and their cronies but distributed equally. Then from that point onwards you would finally be included.

killer kane
06-28-2017, 10:37 AM
See just above!

Swampdonkey
06-28-2017, 06:08 PM
Do you think the government is using reverse psychology to provoke conservatives into celebrating Canada Day?

Plinker 777
06-28-2017, 08:06 PM
Do you think the government is using reverse psychology to provoke conservatives into celebrating Canada Day?

Huh!? You'd be insinuating that there was initially a psychology to reverse, which we know isn't the case so you'll forgive my confusion?:la: