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PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER WELCOMES THE CREATION OF A CANADIAN POLAR MEDAL

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Published on June 24, 2015 with No Comments

Introduction

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed the announcement of the creation of a Canadian Polar Medal. As Sovereign and font of all honours, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given her approval to this addition to the Canadian Honours System.

The Polar Medal will recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Canadian North across a diverse range of endeavours.

 The design of the new medal was released earlier today by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The medal program will be managed by the Chancellery of Honours as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, which is responsible for administering the Canadian Honours System.

 The first recipients of the new medal are expected to be announced later this year.

Quick Facts

  • The timing of today’s announcement is fitting as it takes place on the 145th anniversary of the transfer of the vast northern land mass of Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory to Canada.
  • The Governor General presents honours and awards in the name of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of all Canadians to recognize those people who have demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service in ways that bring special credit to this country.
  • Each year, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude: from community volunteers to astronauts, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens. Our Canadian Honours System gives them the opportunity to join an order or to be granted a decoration or a medal in recognition for their tremendous contributions to our society.

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“I am delighted that we as a country, through the Canadian Honours System, will now publicly recognize outstanding contributions to the North, a vital part not only of our geography but of our collective identity and pride as Canadians.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Associated Link Canadian Honours System

 

 

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