Many want new holiday named after Viola Desmond

Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Town of New Glasgow one of the main supporters of idea

Today the province will launch a campaign to name the new February holiday which is scheduled to take effect in 2015.
The Town of New Glasgow has already voiced their opinion that the holiday after Viola Desmond and it appears that could be a popular option and earlier this year, Mayor Barrie MacMillan sent a letter to the Premier stating that.

Viola Desmond

Today the province will launch a campaign to name the new February holiday which is scheduled to take effect in 2015.

Shelburne has added its voice to a growing chorus that wants the province to name a new Nova Scotia February holiday after Viola Desmond.

In making the motion to send the recommendation to the province, Councillor Roy O’Donnell highlighted Desmond’s courageous act against segregation. The black Halifax businesswoman was wrongfully arrested in November 1946 after she refused to give up her seat in the racially segregated Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow.

Councillor O’Donnell also pointed out in his motion the February holiday would fall during African Heritage Month

On Jan. 21, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality also unanimously endorsed a proposal to name the new February holiday Viola Desmond Day.

Several years ago, Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp in her honour and when the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg officially opens its doors later this year, it will present to the public a permanent exhibit highlighting the Viola Desmond incident as an inspiring Canadian story of courage.

In April 2010, the government of Nova Scotia granted, posthumously, a free pardon to Viola Desmond and it offered an official apology to her family as well as to all members of the African Nova Scotian community.

The province introduced legislation on Dec. 5 to create a statutory holiday on the third Monday in February, beginning in 2015.

In a news release at the time, the province said it would ask young Nova Scotians to help decide what the new holiday should be called

Organizations: Roseland Theatre, Canada Post, Canadian Museum of Human Rights African Nova Scotian

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Shelburne Winnipeg

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page



Recent comments

  • Danielle Boudreau
    February 17, 2014 - 21:32

    I think this is a great idea !!!

  • Sandy Spears
    February 17, 2014 - 09:39

    No disrespect meant but isn't it already known as Family Day across the country.