Government of Yukon

May 8, 2017

National Aboriginal Day becomes a statutory holiday in Yukon

Today, the Government of Yukon’s Bill 2 to amend the Employment Standards Act was passed after third reading of the National Aboriginal Day Act and assented to by the Commissioner of Yukon Doug Phillips.

The legislation creates National Aboriginal Day as an annual statutory holiday in Yukon beginning on June 21, 2017.


“The Government of Yukon firmly believes that recognizing National Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday is a progressive step in our territory. By creating a statutory holiday on June 21, we are enabling all Yukoners to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ history, culture, traditions and continuing contributions across Canada and here at home. This is key to a modern Yukon that can build on its strengths of diversity and inclusivity.”

“The government received overwhelming support from Yukoners who responded to a survey last year in favour of making National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday in Yukon. I am very pleased that we have achieved this goal together.”

–Minister of Community Services John Streicker

Learn more: Statutory holidays in Yukon


Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services


News Release #17-098