Federal government is renaming National Aboriginal Day
By Black Powder | RPM Staff, June 21st, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is marking National Aboriginal Day with a symbolic name change to the annual celebration of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.
The federal government will be renaming National Aboriginal Day — being celebrated today — as National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Trudeau, issued a statement on National Aboriginal Day where he announced the Government’s intention is to rename the day.
He opened his statement by noting that the summer solstice, June 21, was designated as National Aboriginal Day more than 20 years ago.
Trudeau’s statement noted work remains to build a true nation-to-nation relationship.
Trudeau also noted that Canada’s 150th birthday in July will provide an opportunity to think about “the legacy of the past.”
According to CTV News, the federal government is also renaming the Langevin Block building, which sits across from Parliament Hill, out of respect for Indigenous Peoples.
Trudeau says keeping the name of Sir Hector-Louis Langevin — someone associated with the residential school system — on the building that houses Prime Minister’s Office clashes with the government’s vision.
Instead, the building will be called the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.