Act proclaimed Tartan Day in Québec, Canada

August 4, 2009

In 2003, the Québec National Assembly passed an Act recognizing that Scottish immigrants first settled in Québec over 400 years ago, making the Scots one of the founding peoples of Québec and that the Scottish community of Québec has significantly contributed to the economic, social and cultural development of the province. The Act also proclaimed Tartan Day to be 6 April in each and every year. Other than the French who constitute the majority of citizens in the province, no other nationality or group of ethic origin has ever received such an honour.
That date commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland’s sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.
Canada has been celebrating “National Tartan Day” since 1993. The idea and motivation for creating a similar American holiday was provided by the Scottish Coalition, a group of national Scottish- American cultural organizations.


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