Prime Minister helps launch the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

Prime Minister helps launch the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

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TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadians are committed to honouring the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans for their service and sacrifices. In this spirit, Canada is proud to host this year’s Invictus Games – the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill active duty and Veteran service members.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today helped launch the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. The Games were officially opened by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister met with the Canadian athletes to wish them well as they get ready to take on competitors from around the world.

The Invictus Games inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. They provide a unique opportunity for people to show support for ill, wounded, and injured soldiers, and their families.

The Invictus Games were created by His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales as a way to honour these heroes. Eight days of competitions will take place at state-of-the-art sport venues across Toronto. This year’s Invictus Games bring together 550 competitors from 17 countries to compete in a dozen adaptive sports.

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“The Invictus Games are a unique and powerful way to honour those who have sacrificed so much on behalf of their country. They represent the best and deserve our gratitude forever. Over the next eight days, the Invictus Games will put the spotlight on the strength and resilience that characterized their service. Sophie and I wish every competitor the best of luck.”
— Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry after a visit to the U.S. Warrior Games in 2013. They were also inspired by his personal experiences during the Afghanistan War.
  • Team Canada comprises 90 competitors, of which approximately two thirds are Veterans with service related-physical or mental health injuries or illnesses.
  • Team Canada’s participation in the Games is made possible through the support of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On Program, in partnership with Invictus Games Toronto 2017. 
  • Soldier On supports serving and former service personnel overcome physical or mental illness or injury through sport and physical activity. This re-introduction to an active lifestyle provides the member with opportunities to develop new skills, build confidence in their abilities, and meet peers with similar challenges.
  • The Government of Canada has provided $17.5 million of funding to Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Veterans Affairs Canada has given $15 million for overarching support and Canadian Heritage has given $2.5 million for the opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Budget 2017 builds on the investments made in Budget 2016 with new measures that will recognize the important role of caregivers, help more families, support mental health, and pay for the education and training Veterans need to find the work they want in their post-military lives.

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SOURCE Prime Minister’s Office

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RCMP signs agreement with Métis people to return historical artifacts

RCMP signs agreement with Métis people to return historical artifacts

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WINNIPEG, Sept. 23, 2017 /CNW/ -Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) signed an agreement to return certain artifacts once belonging or related to the Métis people and Louis Riel.

RCMP Deputy Commissioner (D/Commr) Kevin Brosseau, Contract and Aboriginal Policing, along with Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand and Métis National Council (MNC) President Clément Chartier signed the agreement this morning at the MMF’s Annual General Assembly in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The RCMP recognizes the importance of these items to the Métis people and has been working with the MMF and MNC to ensure their repatriation. D/Commr Brosseau spoke this morning of the Government of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and to improving the RCMP’s relationship with them in every way possible.

The artifacts are connected to Louis Riel and include a crucifix and knife, as well as a book of his poetry. These and other items are currently on public display in the RCMP Heritage Centre next to the RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. The signed agreement states that the RCMP Heritage Centre will continue to act as caretaker of the items until the Métis Nation finds a suitable location for them. The formal transfer of the items is expected within the next two years.

The agreement also commits the RCMP to identifying additional Métis artifacts that it has documented ownership of at the RCMP Heritage Centre, sharing this information with the MMF and MNC, and repatriating any Métis artifacts they identify.

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“The RCMP is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Louis Riel, through his lifelong struggle to protect the social, cultural and political status of his fellow Métis, played a significant role in the history of Canadian Confederation. The repatriation of these artifacts is important to the Métis people, and I am happy we have an agreement that will keep these historic items accessible to the public.”

– Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, Contract and Aboriginal Policing, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

“The repatriation of the personal effects of our revered leader Louis Riel marks a good first step in reconciliation between the Métis Nation and the RCMP. We welcome this gesture. I look forward to the transfer of these personal items to the Métis National Heritage Centre as it rises in the city of Winnipeg, formerly the Red River Settlement and birthplace of the Métis Nation.”

– President Clément Chartier, Métis National Council

“The repatriation of our Métis Leader Louis Riel’s personal effects are important pieces in building our renewed nation-to-nation and government-to-government relationship with Canada. Our partnership in protecting our Métis past is a great step in reconciliation of our peoples. As the Manitoba Métis and Canada have been recognized as negotiating partners in confederation, it is fitting that this repatriation occurs in the 150th anniversary year of our country’s founding. As the Prime Minister has said, Canada is a work in progress. This today is one of its solid foundation stones.”

 – President David Chartrand, Manitoba Métis Federation

“I welcome the agreement between the RCMP, the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council on the return of the Louis Riel artifacts to the Métis Nation. Louis Riel was a champion of minority rights, a founder of Manitoba, and a key leader who was strongly committed to ensuring the protection of Métis rights. Returning these items is an important step towards reconciliation with the Métis Nation.”

– The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of these artifacts to the Métis people, and they are being returned in the spirit of reconciliation to the Métis National Council. We are committed to renewing our relationship with Métis Nation based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick Facts

  • Louis Riel’s crucifix was donated to the RCMP in 1959 by the daughter of a Sergeant Major who guarded Riel during his trial. The Sergeant Major allegedly acquired the crucifix shortly before Riel was executed.
  • The hunting knife believed to have been Riel’s was donated to the RCMP in 1947 by a university professor and veteran of the Northwest Campaign. It was given to him by a young man who knew of the professor’s history. The true origin of the knife has not been fully verified.
  • Riel’s published book of poetry, “Poésies Religieuses et Politiques,” was gifted to the RCMP in 1943.

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SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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/R E M I N D E R — Media Advisory – Itinerary for Saturday, September 23, 2017/

/R E M I N D E R — Media Advisory – Itinerary for Saturday, September 23, 2017/

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OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2017 /CNW/ – Itinerary for the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for Saturday, September 23, 2017:

 


Toronto, Ontario

11:00 a.m.

The Prime Minister will attend the funeral for Mr. Arnold Chan and deliver remarks.

Bloor Street United Church

Notes for media:

  • Open coverage

4:15 p.m.

The Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Manitoba Room

100 Front St. W


Notes for media:

  • Pooled photo opportunity at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Media should arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. to the Territories Room on the Mezzanine level.

6:30 p.m.

The Prime Minister will welcome the First Lady of the United States and the Invictus Games US delegation

Air Canada Centre, board of directors lounge

50 Bay Street


Notes for media:

  • Pooled photo-opportunity

7:00 p.m.

The Prime Minister will attend the Invictus VVIP Reception.

Air Canada Centre

50 Bay Street


Notes for media:

  • Closed to media

8:00 p.m.

The Prime Minister will attend the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony and deliver remarks.

Air Canada Centre

50 Bay Street


Notes for media:

  • Open coverage for all media accredited for the Invictus‎ Games 2017


Media Appearance

An interview with the Prime Minister hosted by Brian Williams will air on TSN.ca at 5:30 p.m.

 

SOURCE Prime Minister’s Office

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