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Message - International Year of Youth

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August 11, 2010

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the occasion of the United Nations’ International Year of Youth

OTTAWA—Five years ago, when I assumed the post of governor general, I made youth one of my mandate priorities. Throughout my visits from coast to coast to coast, I have had the immense privilege of meeting with young Canadians from all walks of life. 

Along the way, I have discovered a generation of passionate, daring young people whose imagination knows no bounds. Young people who recognize that diversity and individual differences are a great source of mutual pride and enrichment. I have also been impressed by young people’s ability to come up with solutions and to create networks of solidarity. In the face of every challenge, they represent a promise of renewal. They are agents of change, a living strength that wants to grow, to have its voice heard and to find its place in the heart of our communities. 

International Youth Day has a special significance this year, as it also marks the beginning of the United Nations’ International Year of Youth. We should make the most of this opportunity to applaud the essential support given by our young people, who are, of course, the leaders of today and tomorrow. 

I hope this is a memorable celebration for all!

                                                            Michaëlle Jean

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The International Year of Youth proclaimed by the United Nations
officially starts on August 12, 2010

Media Information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office