A resolution was brought to the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting last month to support a new stat holiday every June.
National Aboriginal Day has been celebrated in Canada since 1996 but only began being recognized as a statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories in 2001 and Yukon in 2017.
Kimberley Chamber manager Mike Gaurnary says the resolution netted strong support, but the harmonizing of Family Day, February’s stat holiday, remains a contentious issue.
The BC Government announced earlier this year that the February holiday would be moved to the third week of the month starting in 2019.
“It was a very spirited discussion during the assembly, but, as it turned out there were more than two thirds vote in the majority to have the BC Chamber work with the BC Government in going back to what we had before.”
The BC Chamber has recommended that the federal government proposes legislation to recognize National Indigenous Peoples day as a statutory holiday.
National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on June 21.
– Mike Gaurnary, Manager, Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce