Official visit to Nunavut–Community celebration hosted by the Premier of Nunavut for the 25th anniversary of Nunavut

April 1, 2024

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I am so proud to be here today, as we mark a quarter of a century in the life of Nunavut.  

To begin, I wish to thank the Premier and the Government of Nunavut for hosting this community feast. Every time I return to the North, I am home.

I am honoured to be joining Nunavummiut in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Nunavut. Its creation marked a significant milestone in recognizing Indigenous rights, and protecting and promoting Inuit culture, language and heritage.

I am especially honoured to be here as Canada’s first Inuk governor general.

I am here not only to celebrate a milestone anniversary, but also to meet with the people of Nunavut, to see the progress being made, and to hear and learn your stories. Today was an inspiring start to my first official visit to Nunavut.

Earlier today, I met with the Commissioner, the Premier and the leadership of NTI at the beautiful Legislative Assembly.

I was also honoured to invest my close colleague, John Amagoalik, as an Officer of the Order of Canada during a private ceremony this afternoon. It was deeply meaningful for me to recognize his leadership in the North and his integral role in the creation of Nunavut on the day we mark its 25th anniversary. The impact of his contributions extends well beyond Nunavut: he helped shape our federation.

Leaders, innovators and community builders are plentiful in Nunavut. Consider nominating an individual who has made exceptional contributions to our country, especially if they have gone unrecognized.

Over the next few days, I will visit community centres, schools and other places that are giving Nunavummiut greater opportunities to succeed, in Nunavut, in Canada and around the world. I will speak about some of the most important issues impacting Nunavut, Canada and the world:

Climate change.

Heritage preservation.

Mental health.


Nunavut is a land rich in knowledge, from the wisdom of its Elders to the perspectives of its youth. As we mark this 25th anniversary, let us commit to reconciliation, to sustainability, to a diversity of voices, and to a successful Nunavut.

Thank you again.