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Second Session, Forty-third Parliament,
69-70 Elizabeth II, 2020-2021
BILL S-227
An Act respecting a National Ribbon Skirt Day
FIRST READING, March 16, 2021


This enactment designates the 4th day of January in each and every year as “National Ribbon Skirt Day”.
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2nd Session, 43rd Parliament,
69-70 Elizabeth II, 2020-2021
BILL S-227
An Act respecting a National Ribbon Skirt Day


Whereas Indigenous women are life-givers and are entrusted with traditional knowledge to care for their families, their communities and the environment;
Whereas the ribbon skirt is a centuries-old spiritual symbol of womanhood, identity, adaptation and survival and is a way for women to honour themselves and their culture;
Whereas the ribbon skirt represents a direct connection to Mother Earth and its sacred medicines;
Whereas Indigenous culture, tradition and ceremony, including Indigenous ties to language and the land, are critical to the vitality and well-being of Canada’s First Peoples;
Whereas section 1 of Article 15 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory, states, “Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information”;
Whereas Call for Justice 2.‍1 of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls calls “upon all governments to acknowledge, recognize, and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples to their cultures and languages as inherent rights, and constitutionally protected as such under section 35 of the Constitution [Act, 1982]”;
And whereas Call for Justice 15.‍2 of that report calls on Canadians to “[d]ecolonize by learning the true history of Canada … and learn about and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ history, cultures, pride, and diversity”;
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

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1This Act may be cited as the National Ribbon Skirt Day Act.

National Ribbon Skirt Day

National Ribbon Skirt Day
2Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the fourth day of January shall be known as “National Ribbon Skirt Day”.
Not a legal holiday
3For greater certainty, National Ribbon Skirt Day is not a legal holiday or a non-juridical day.
Published under authority of the Senate of Canada

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