Ministerial Statement – Premier Furey Provides Update on Renaming June Holiday
June 17, 2021
The following statement was read in the House of Assembly today by the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:
Mr. Speaker, in 2020, our government recognized the need to find an appropriate name for the annual government holiday observed in June, which happens to fall on June 21 this year. It is important to find a name that is in line with moving forward and honouring the process of Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
We have been collaborating with Indigenous leaders to consider possible alternatives. Recognizing that this is a significant teaching and learning opportunity, we are talking about ways to engage the young people of Newfoundland and Labrador in this process.
There is no better time to have these conversations as coincidently, the observance of the June Holiday this year falls on National Indigenous Peoples Day. Accordingly, I encourage everyone to take the time to celebrate, and educate themselves on the diversity and history of Indigenous communities in our province and take part in activities that are being organized by groups such as the Labrador Friendship Centre, First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre and People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre.
Mr. Speaker, we all can and must do our part to foster deeper understanding and cultural awareness of the unique perspectives of each Indigenous community in Newfoundland and Labrador.
I look forward to providing more information on the renaming of the June Holiday in the near future.