At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, undertook a visit to the Republic of Rwanda, from April 4 to 9, 2019.
Friday, April 5
Upon arrival in Rwanda, the Governor General was greeted by Rwandan officials and received a guard of honour.
Saturday, April 6
The Governor General and the Canadian delegation visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, the final resting place for more than 250 000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Later, Her Excellency and the Canadian delegation joined youth participating in an initiative run by the Right To Play (RTP) organization.
Sunday, April 7
On the official day of the commemoration, the Governor General laid a wreath at the memorial and witnessed the lighting of the Flame of Remembrance by President Kagame. Later, the Governor General and the Canadian delegates attended the Kwibuka25 Official Ceremony. Afterwards, Her Excellency and the Canadian delegation took part in the Walk of Remembrance and a night vigil.
A night vigil to honour the spirit of resilience and reconciliation of the Rwandan people. In 1994, the stadium served as a @UN Protected Site for nearly 12,000 Tutsi refugees. #Kwibuka25 #GGRwanda #Rwanda #Kigali #remember #Unite #Renew pic.twitter.com/bcCRcjzsah— GGJuliePayette (@GGJuliePayette) April 7, 2019
Monday, April 8
After visiting the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the Governor General delivered brief remarks and took part in a Q&A session with students on the importance of education and science.