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The province has introduced an amendment to the Employment Standards Code and Interpretation Act that would establish September 30th as a provincial holiday for National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

The day is currently recognized as a national holiday, but approval of this amendment would allow schools and businesses that are not federally regulated to also have the day off. 

In making the announcement, Premier Wab Kinew says legislating that day as a general holiday would create space for all Manitobans to come together in observation, reflection, and commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools. 

The province says the proposed legislation was developed following significant consultations with indigenous leaders, residential school survivors, and key stakeholders throughout the province.