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Congratulations to the Recent Appointees to the Order of Canada!

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Photo credit: MCpl Anis Assari, Rideau Hallm. Reference Number: GG08-2022-0290-006

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, has recently announced 85 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Among them are:

  • Lydia Adams for her enduring dedication and contributions to the growth of Canadian choral music, as a leading conductor, educator, accompanist and composer.
  • Barbara Assiginaak for her diverse contributions to contemporary music as a classically trained musician rooted in Anishinaabe teachings.

“Today, we recognize individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to our society. A group of individuals who, through dedication and ajuinnata—perseverance—make our communities and our country better every day. At the same time, we must also acknowledge that work remains to ensure that Canadian honours better reflect the full diversity of our country.  Nominations continue to fall short of representing the excellence achieved by women, Francophones, persons with disabilities, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.  We want to learn more about the contributions from Indigenous peoples, Black and 2SLGTBQIA+ communities, to truly honour the richness of our country. We encourage everyone to have a say in how we honour our fellow Canadians by nominating individuals that reflect the very best of who we are and want to be.” — Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada

Since its creation in 1967, the Order of Canada has honoured more than 7 800 people whose service has shaped our society, whose innovations have ignited our imaginations, and whose compassion has united our communities.

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Banner: Ullugiagâtsuk Choir at ...float... 2018. Photo: Ritche Perez