September 8, 2022
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Hello, bonjour, [Inuktitut greeting].
Today, we mourn the loss of our Queen of Canada, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In countless languages around the world, people are sharing solemn words of remembrance. Today, in Inuktitut, I add to these tributes.
[In Inuktitut] On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my condolences to Her Majesty’s family. We honour her memory.
On behalf of all Canadians, my husband, Whit, and I offer our condolences to the Royal Family on the loss, not just of a queen, but of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her Majesty cared about people, about our well-being. This was clear every time we spoke. She cared about Canada, and all the unique stories that make up our beautiful country.
She learned our stories as she visited every corner of Canada during her many Royal Tours. She called Canada her “second home.”
Her Majesty celebrated our achievements, reassured us in difficult times and inspired us with her steadfast dedication to service.
Until her final days, she remained engaged and committed to her country, to the Commonwealth and to her family. With her passing, we mourn the end of an era.
I’m proud to have represented Her Majesty as governor general. Following my appointment, Her Majesty said to me: “be gentle with yourself.” I’ve come to understand her words to mean that while we should work hard on the issues that matter, we should also take time to pause. To be patient. To lead with understanding and respect.
I can see the wisdom in these words.
To the entire Royal Family and to a Commonwealth in mourning, our thoughts are with you.
The memories of The Queen will always have a place here, in Canada. Her second home.
Thank you. Merci. Miigwetch. Nakurmiik.