Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 19, 2009 12:31 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean,Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of National Aboriginal Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - One year after the Government of Canada delivered its official Statement of Apology to the former students of Indian residential schools, we have the opportunity on this National Aboriginal Day to celebrate reconciliation and to look to the future with confidence.

The time has come to move beyond the injustices of the past and build a future together that history will show brought us together in respect, dignity, equality and solidarity. This is how we will break down the solitudes that, for too long, have isolated us from one another. In the spirit of this new age, let us look to our youth, whose full participation in creating a new era of harmony is our best chance for success.

As I recently had the opportunity to express during an exciting visit to Nunavut and Nunavik, it is essential that Aboriginal youth have the tools they need to ensure that they are involved in developing their communities and contributing to national prosperity. It is equally important that they preserve their cultures, languages and all of the knowledge that they have inherited from their elders. Only then will we know what is truly possible between us.

Michaelle Jean

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated on June 21, 2009.

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