A new statutory holiday may be in the works for Canadians.
Just when it will be is the subject of debate.
Reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians would be its focus.
The date–already informally known as Orange Shirt Day–is used to informally commemorate the experiences of residential-school students.
It came by that name in memory of a piece of clothing then-six-year-old Phyllis Webstad had taken from her on her first day at a residential school in 1973.
The committee has been meeting for the past few months to discuss the bill, hearing contrasting testimony from survivors and Indigenous leaders.
One view holds that the day should be focused on celebrating Indigenous culture and be held on June 21.
The other holds that a commemorative day held Sept 30 should recognize the legacy of residential schools.
The debate has resulted in suggestions that two separate holidays should be created to satisfy both sides.
More debate is in the offing.
Also on Tuesday, historic legislation aimed at protecting the languages First Nations peoples have spoken for millennia was introduced in Canada’s Parliament.
With files from CBC, CP, CTV, Global