Governor General Mary Simon said Canadians should work together to build an inclusive society in her official message to the nation to mark Canada Day.
She says Canadians should be kind to each other, learn from each other and listen to Indigenous peoples, on whose lands we live.
Simon is Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General and was known for her work advocating for Inuit rights before her appointment.
She says on Canada Day, Canadians should remember to keep working together and commit to a country where everyone truly belongs.
She adds that Canadians should also have hope for the future and trust their neighbors and friends.
The Governor General is due to deliver a speech at official celebrations in Ottawa today, which will also be attended by the Prime Minister.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 1, 2022.