Nova Scotia’s government announced Friday that starting September 30 this year, there will be a “truth and reconciliation” holiday across the province.
Provincial government offices, public schools and regulated daycares will remain closed on this day. Businesses will have the option to remain open, as they do on other holidays. His decision comes on the day the city of Saskatoon declared a statutory holiday for all city employees.
“We are taking this step to recognize the importance of honoring Aboriginal, Inuit and Metis residential school survivors, their families and communities,” said Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston.
In June, the federal government declared the last day of September as a public holiday for all federal employees.
“By taking the time to reflect, we have the opportunity to explore how each of us can help make Nova Scotia more inclusive and equitable for all who call this province their home. Hopefully we will all take the time to reflect on this momentous day,” said Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Jill Balser.
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