OTTAWA (ON), March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – As we mark Commonwealth Day, Canadians are united in delivering a common future, a future that is built on our shared global values.

Democracy. Equality. Peace.

Such things are achieved – and protected – only through cooperation and perseverance.

We have all been through so much in the past few years. Times are tough and the world is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, the impacts of climate change and the devastation caused by international conflict.

There is a word in Inuktitut, my mother tongue: ajuinnata. The word has no literal translation, as it encompasses many things: a promise to never give up, a commitment to action, no matter how big the task. To always have hope.

Only by working together can we meet these challenges and persevere. Together, we find better ways to communicate and innovate. Together we can create hope. There are many shining examples of this global effort that can be found right here at Canada and throughout the Commonwealth.

Today more than ever, we must commit to progress, to be part of the solution. We must listen to each other and listen each other. We must act with kindness, compassion, understanding and respect.

We must act now.

I encourage everyone to work together in the spirit of ajuinnata to achieve a better future for all.

Mary Simon

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