June 21, 2023
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, participated in various activities to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa on June 21, 2023.
At 8:30 a.m., the Governor General participated in a commemorative ceremony, Raising the Survivors’ Flag, on Parliament Hill, in memory of the thousands of children who were sent to residential schools, of those who never returned, and in honour of the families whose lives were forever changed.
At 10:30 a.m., the Governor General presented Canadian honours to First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals to celebrate their successes, as well as to non-Indigenous individuals who have made positive contributions to Canada including initiatives supporting reconciliation and Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Appointees and recipients were recognized for their innovation, compassion, excellence or remarkable contributions to their communities with one of the following honours: the Order of Canada and the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division).
In the afternoon, the Governor General participated in the creation of a site-specific art installation on the porte-cochère of Rideau Hall by crocheting with the artist between 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to encourage reflection and deepen understanding of reconciliation. Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers installed a public artwork as part of the #hopeandhealingcanada initiative, the first public artwork by a Métis artist on the grounds of Rideau Hall.