Yukon legislature votes today on Yukon NDP plan to commemorate National Aboriginal Day

The Yukon Legislative Assembly will debate Yukon NDP MLA Kevin Barr’s motion to make National Aboriginal Day, 21 June, a statutory Yukon holiday following Question Period today. Approximately one in four Yukoners identifies as being First Nations, Métis or Inuit. While Yukon First Nation governments already give their employees the day off, no other Yukon workers are formally given the opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal cultures on National Aboriginal Day.

Barr has received overwhelming support for his proposal from the chiefs of Yukon’s First Nations as well as the president of the Métis Association of Yukon, the Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, and the Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. A petition circulated in support of the motion has collected over 500 signatures. When asked about their position on Barr’s motion, the Yukon Party government has refused to give a clear indication of how they plan to vote.

A live audio feed of legislature proceedings is available online at http://legaudio.gov.yk.ca:8000/live.m3u.

What: Debate on Yukon NDP MLA Kevin Barr’s National Aboriginal Day motion
When: Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 2:00 pm
Where: Yukon Legislative Assembly (2071 2nd Ave., Whitehorse)