Indigenous leaders divided on new holiday date

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Local Indigenous leaders are welcoming an announcement this week from the federal government that creates a new statutory holiday to recognize residential school survivors. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of the holiday as part of his government’s effort to fulfill the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “Over the past decades, generations,...
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Simon Whitehouse
Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Working in Yellowknife, he covers education-based stories and general news but has also taken other beats in the past, including city hall and entertainment. He is a champion of the printed word and the importance of newspapers. As a board member of the United Way NWT and Rotary True North, he believes in the importance of civic engagement and community building. He spends his spare time with his boxer Sharona. Simon can be reached at (867) 766-8307 and editorial@nnsl.com.