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In 2021, the federal government declared Sept. 30 as a national statutory holiday for Canadians to recognize the legacies of the residential school system.

Last year’s national statutory holiday was supposed to build on this momentum, allowing people a day off to join with family in a nationwide moment of reconciliation.

Only the provincial governments — which regulate around 80 per cent of Canada’s workforce — haven’t got on board.

Columnist Niigaan Sinclair writes on provincial governments’ approaches, and how making Sept. 30 a provincial statutory holiday should be a no-brainer in Manitoba.

To read more of this column by Sinclair of the Winnipeg Free Press, click here.

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