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Governor General announces the creation of the Governor General's Northern Medal

September 15, 2005

OTTAWA––Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, announced today the creation of a new honour, the Governor General's Northern Medal.

"The North expresses and shapes our imagination as Canadians. This medal will honour those who are in and of the North and those who help our well-being as Canadians through their work in the North," said Governor General Clarkson.

The Governor General's Northern Medal will be awarded annually to a citizen whose actions and achievements have contributed to the evolution and constant reaffirmation of the Canadian North as part of our national identity. The name of this year's recipient will be made public at the inaugural presentation ceremony on September 22, 2005, at Rideau Hall.

The medallion is a symbolic reflection of one of the key themes espoused by Governor General Clarkson during her mandate: the Canadian North.

The obverse of the medallion shows a snowy owl that represents a watchful guardian spirit, its flight symbolizing many possibilities arising from movement in different directions. The scope of the whole North and the splendours of its unique natural phenomena are encompassed by the aurora borealis. A small Canadian Arctic Diamond refers to the North Star, with the aurora radiating around the diamond illustrating the diverse possibilities and discoveries found in the region and how they enrich us all in return. The crystal base recalls an iceberg, an icon of the power and beauty of the northern land and seascape.

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Updated: 2005-10-03
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