Dear Minister Morgan,
I am writing to urge you and your government to recognise September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a provincially recognized holiday.
As you are aware, in June the federal government passed legislation to recognize September 30 as a federal statutory holiday. The day is meant for Canadians to reflect on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to actions and for Indigenous people and allies. It is a day for Canadians to confront our country’s legacy of colonialism, violence and systemic racism through learning, reflection and participation in events in our communities.
With the recent discoveries of thousands of children’s graves found on the grounds of residential schools, including 751 unmarked graves at Cowessess First Nation, it is incumbent upon your government to take this concrete step toward reconciliation.
By refusing to acknowledge this day in the province, you and your government, are sending a clear message to the Indigenous community and to your employees that your calls for reconciliation are nothing more than empty words devoid of meaningful action.
Please reconsider your antiquated position and provincially recognize September 30 as a day for Truth and Reconciliation.
We look forward to your response,
Regional Executive Vice-President – Prairie Region
cc: Premier, Scott Moe
Opposition Leader, Ryan Meili
Opposition Critic for Labour, Carla Beck