Governor General’s visit to the Republic of Rwanda
At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada attended the 25th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Along with more than 25 dignitaries, she participated in the commemoration events held in Kigali, on April 7.
Her Excellency lay a wreath at the Kigali Genocide Memorial and witnessing the lighting of the Flame of Remembrance, after which she attended the official commemoration ceremony, and took part in the Walk of Remembrance and the night vigil. Meaning “remember” in Kinyarwanda, Kwibuka25 honoured the lives lost and forever changed by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, so that it is neither forgotten nor repeated.
The visit also provided an opportunity for the Governor General and her accompanying delegation of prominent personalities to participate in other engaging activities. They met young boys and girls benefiting from a Right To Play program. The Canadian NGO works to protect, educate and empower children to rise above adversity using all forms of play. They also visited the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) to engage with young students, emphasising the importance of education, promoting careers in science and technology, especially women, with a view to contribute to Africa’s development.
The long-standing partnership between Canada and Rwanda was strengthened, notably through the Governor General’s meeting with President Kagame, during which they discussed shared values and priorities, discussions with local and international NGOs, as well as informal interactions with the Canadian community and friends of Canada.
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