Governor General of Canada to visit Rwanda

Governor General of Canada to visit Rwanda

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will travel to Rwanda from April 4 to 9, 2019.

At the invitation of the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, the Governor General will attend the ceremony for the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. During an official ceremony, she will lay a wreath to honour the more than 800,000 victims – Tutsis, moderate Hutus, and others.

Canada recognizes the members of the UN peace support mission in Rwanda, including Canadian peacekeepers and General Roméo Dallaire, who risked their lives to save others and protect those seeking refuge. We remain committed to working with partners to promote international human rights and prevent atrocities like this from ever happening again.

During the visit, the Governor General will also tour the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, to underline the importance of promoting STEM-related careers for young people so that they are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Prime Minister said: “Canada and Rwanda have a strong relationship built on a shared commitment to advancing gender equality, protecting the environment, and strengthening peacekeeping. The Governor General’s visit will reaffirm our friendship, and reinforce our shared values and common goals. The Governor General will represent all Canadians when she lays a wreath in honour of the lives lost and forever changed by the genocide against the Tutsi.”