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Hughes Pleased To See A National Indigenous People’s Day

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A National Indigenous People’s Day is coming to Canada says Carol Hughes.

The Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP says despite claims the Liberals wouldn’t back the bill, a pair of NDP MP’s pushed to establish the celebration nationally.

Hughes says the Liberals have now promised to establish a federal holiday for reconciliation that will honour survivors and their family members.

She says the day is to be dedicated to remembering and honouring students of residential schools and to also increase the understanding and awareness of this history.

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Hughes says she hoped the Liberals would support the bill fully, but comments from an official changed that hope.

She says it is a positive step forward, but she hopes the government will not make many tweaks.

Hughes says the Indigenous populations within her riding will be pleased to have their voices heard but she knows there is much work still do to on the road to reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the bill says there is no relationship more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.

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