Alberta Health Services has informed United Nurses of Alberta that it will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) as a Named Holiday.
The decision, outlined in a letter from AHS dated April 29, represents a settlement to a UNA province-wide grievance regarding the Employer's failure to recognize NDTR as a Named Holiday effective September 30, 2021.
The parties are currently working on the details of the settlement and more information will be shared once the document is finalized.
UNA will continue to work with other employers to ensure that they recognize the day as a Named Holiday.
On June 3, 2021, the Government of Canada passed Bill C-5 to designate September 30 as new statutory holiday known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day commemorates the tragic legacy of residential school system and honours the lost children and resiliency of survivors of residential schools and their families.