Yukon announces public sector holiday for Queen’s funeral; schools close, courts stay open – Yukon News

The Yukon will join other jurisdictions across the country in marking a public holiday to observe the National Day of Mourning in honor of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19.

The federal government has declared a federal holiday to mark the Queen’s funeral. Following the lead of the federal government, the Yukon government announced in a Sept. 14 news release that it would be a one-time holiday for territorial public sector employees.

Public schools and other public services in the territory will be closed for the day, the government announced.

However, a joint opinion from the Yukon Supreme Court and the Yukon Territorial Court opposes the government’s decision.

The courts will remain open on September 19, according to the notice.

“The courts made this decision in recognition of the role of the courts in maintaining the administration of justice and ensuring access to justice,” the notice reads.

In an email to families of students and staff, the Department for Education acknowledged the short notice and apologized for any inconvenience caused to families, such as childcare for school-aged children. workers who have no day off.

The email says schools will make adjustments to their schedules to make up for lost teaching time.

“You will soon receive information from your school on how they have decided to adapt,” the email read.

The email also mentions the “complex but important relationship” between Indigenous peoples and the Crown and the “painful history of colonization” of Canada.

“We will continue to work with Yukon First Nations to ensure that all schools meet the needs of Yukon First Nations students and provide all students with the opportunity to experience the ways of knowing, doing and being. Yukon First Nations,” the email read.

The government statement suggests that the private sector is also taking part in the day of mourning in one way or another.

“Employers and organizations in the private sector and other levels of government are encouraged to observe the National Day of Mourning in a manner that is appropriate for their employees and their business,” the statement read.

In the statement, Prime Minister Sandy Silver said mourning the Queen was an important part of cherishing her legacy.

“We encourage all employers to recognize and reflect on the National Day of Mourning in a way that is appropriate for their employees,” he said.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II led an exceptional life dedicated to public service and helping Canadians. On behalf of all Yukoners, I once again offer our condolences to all members of the Royal Family.

Several other jurisdictions, including British Columbia, the Atlantic provinces and Manitoba, have decided to close government offices.

Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec will not recognize the holiday.

The Queen reigned for more than 70 years before her death on September 8 at the age of 96.

September 19 will mark the end of the official period of mourning.

— With Canadian Press files

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