National Aboriginal Day holiday (closed)

This engagement is now closed. It ran from 2017-05-16 to 2017-07-16.

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Results at a glance

The majority of people surveyed believe there are benefits to declaring a statutory (paid) holiday in Yukon to recognize National Aboriginal Day. However, more employees and First Nations Citizens reported benefits in declaring the day statutory compared to employers and members of the business community.

The percentage of respondents who agreed that there are benefits to declaring National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday, by category:

  • 88 per cent – All respondents
  • 65 per cent – Respondents who identified as an employer
  • 74 per cent – Respondents who identified as a member of the business community
  • 90 per cent – Respondents who identified as an employee
  • 90 per cent – Respondents who identified as a First Nations Citizen

Of the business community:

  • When asked how a statutory National Aboriginal Day holiday would affect their businesses operations and viability, nearly half (49 per cent) of the responding employers and/or members of the business communities felt they would not be affected or would only slightly be affected;
  • Over one-quarter (27 per cent) of the responding employers and/or members of the business community noted that businesses would be negatively affected;
  • One-fifth (20 per cent) of the responding employers and/or members of the business communities thought businesses would be positively affected.

What was this engagement about?

The Government of Yukon sought public input about the possibility of declaring National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday in Yukon. The engagement took place from May 16 to July 16, 2017.

How will my input make a difference?

The Government of Yukon prepared the legislation based on the public feedback. National Aboriginal Day is now a statutory holiday in Yukon.

Last updated:
2017-11-02

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