Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew and Labour and Immigration Minister Malaya Marcelino announced Monday that the provincial government has introduced Bill 4, the Employment Standards Code Amendment and Interpretation Amendment Act. This would establish September 30 as a provincial statutory holiday in the province, namely National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“Manitobans from all walks of life are ready to embrace reconciliation—whether it’s participating in school events, wearing a WASAC jersey to a Jets game or talking to their kids about our history and the future we want,” says Kinew. “Legislating September 30 as a general holiday creates space for all Manitobans to come together in observation, reflection and commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools.”

This effort directly responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action No. 80.

“September 30 is a day of remembrance dedicated to honouring residential school survivors, their families, and communities,” adds Marcelino. “This legislation would allow everyone, wherever they work, to have the opportunity to take part in commemorative events that promote education, understanding and healing.”

According to the province, the proposed legislation was developed following significant consultations with Indigenous leaders, residential school survivors and stakeholders. 

In response to Canada's Online News Act and Meta (Facebook and Instagram) removing access to local news from their platforms, PortageOnline encourages you to get your news directly from your trusted source by bookmarking this page and downloading the PortageOnline app.