New Year’s message from the Governor General


What a beautiful time of year.

December is a time to look back at the year’s challenges and accomplishments. A time to remind ourselves of what connects us as a nation.

And what a year 2023 has been.

We have stood in solidarity, facing the rising consequences of climate change. We have grappled with the effects of global conflict and the pressures of living in modern times. Yet, we have also witnessed important strides in reconciliation, celebrated new chapters in history and took steps towards making the internet a safer place for women and girls.

I have had the privilege of meeting with Canadians. To visit communities. To honor the people who are turning challenges into opportunities.

People are adapting to change with creativity, resilience and, above all, kindness.

Their stories are poignant examples of the Canadian spirit, and show us that we can each embody the Inuktitut word ajuinnata – never giving up.

Let us commit ourselves to action, and to kindness, no matter how daunting the situation may be.

We all have the power to contribute to the well-being of our country.

In this way, kindness—far from being an accidental act—emerges as a powerful and purposeful choice in the face of adversity. 

As we look to 2024, let us rekindle our connections to one another, and face challenges, change and progress with a renewed sense of unity.

Happy New Year, Canada.