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Platinum Jubilee Garden Party June 4

Her Honour invites everyone to join her at Government House in Edmonton for a special outdoor event in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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Learn about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

This year Canadians are celebrating the Queen's 70 years of service. Learn more about this extraordinary milestone as well as upcoming events and initiatives.

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Victoria Day 2022

A message from Lieutenant Governor Lakhani to mark Victoria Day in Alberta.

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Red Dress Day 2022

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani offers her thoughts on National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People.

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National Volunteer Week 2022

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani offers her thoughts on, and thanks to, the hardworking volunteers who are bring help and hope to our communities.

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Enter the 2022 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Contest!

Canadian students (up to age 18) and schools are invited to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee by entering the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Contest. The competition closes on June 30, 2022 and grand prizes include a week-long trip to London and a special award ceremony at a palace.  

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Platinum Jubilee Flag Unfurled in Alberta

Watch a video of Canada's Platinum Jubilee Flag being unfurled at Government House.

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Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee Year Begins

Today marks the start of a very special year in celebration of our longest reigning and most beloved Queen.

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Update from the Lieutenant Governor - September 2021 to February 2022

Learn about the events, meetings and celebrations that Her Honour took part in over the past six months.

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International Women's Day 2022

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani offers her thoughts on this special day for women here at home and around the world.

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The Power of Conversation - Perspectives on Giving Back and Building Resilience

Listen to Her Honour's conversation with new Albertan Bryan Mwaka, covering his experiences as a refugee and inspiring ideas on what we can all do to reach out to those in need and to build our own "resilience muscles."

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Identification of potential residential school graves in Grouard

Her Honour offers her condolences and commitment to walking beside the people of Kapawe'no First Nation as they face the pain and grief of the 169 potential graves on the site of the former St. Bernard Mission in Grouard.

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World Interfaith Harmony Week 2022

Her Honour reflects on the importance of thoughtful dialogue and compassion for everyone in our communities.

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National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani offers her thoughts on the National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia

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International Day of Education 2022

Thank you to all of our teachers and educators for your skill and determination, particularly through the challenges of the pandemic.

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Nominations Open for Alberta's Highest Honour

Public nominations are now being accepted for Alberta highest honour. Learn more about the Alberta Order of Excellence.

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Applications now open for 2022 Emerging Artist Awards

Alberta artists in the early stages of their professional careers can apply for the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award until midnight February 4, 2022.

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New Year's Video Message from Lieutenant Governor Lakhani

Her Honour offers her thoughts on 2022 and her thanks to all those who serve our communities, year in and year out.

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2022 Outdoor Levee CANCELLED

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani regrets that she will not be hosting an outdoor levee on New Year's Day, due to the cold forecast for January 1, combined with current precautions surrounding the COVID variant of concern.

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Holiday Video and Message from Lieutenant Governor Lakhani

Her Honour wishes everyone Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas!

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International Human Rights Day 2021

This day is an opportunity to revisit the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to recommit to the ongoing work of making our communities safe and accepting for all.

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International Volunteer Day

This annual celebration highlights the crucial role that volunteers play in shaping our shared future as Albertans, as Canadians and as global citizens and encourages us all to find ways to make a difference in our communities.

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National Child Day 2021

National Child Day recognizes the infinite possibilities that reside within every child and salutes the dedicated individuals and organizations in our communities who are working to give children the care and supports they need to flourish.

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Métis Week

Métis Week in Alberta is a wonderful way to honour a people and culture that hold a very special place in our province and in the story of the land we share, while learning about Métis history and culture.

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Remembrance Day 2021

Through the years, Canadians in uniform have bravely stepped forward to defend people around the world facing conflict and war. Like the Poppy of Remembrance, which is marking its 100th anniversary, the gratitude Canadians feel for our heroes only deepens in strength and meaning with each passing year.

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Family Violence Prevention Month 2021

This month brings this pressing issue into focus and shines a light on efforts and resources to help those who are not safe in the one place where we all deserve to feel secure.

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International Day of the Girl 2021

This is a day for us to think about what we can do to encourage the girls in our lives and to lift up those around the world who face barriers to success.

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Islamic History Month 2021

This month we recognize the many Muslim trailblazers who helped to build our communities, and the leaders who continue to chart a path forward today.

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Women's History Month 2021

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani salutes the generations of remarkable pioneers who have contributed to the continuum of women's history in Canada.

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Orange Shirt Day 2021

Today is an opportunity for all Canadians to think about what we can do to foster a greater spirit of learning, compassion and healing as we continue along the ongoing, shared journey of truth and reconciliation.

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International Day of Peace 2021

This annual commemoration is an opportunity to bring a little peace to the people around us and to foster a greater sense of compassion in our communities.

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State of emergency in Alberta

Her Honour offers her thanks to the province's healthcare professionals working on the front lines of the pandemic, along with thoughts and hopes for her fellow Albertans.

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International Literacy Day 2021

This year's  theme,  Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide, reminds us of the challenges faced by individuals in our communities who are struggling with low literacy skills. 

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First Year Reflections from Lt. Governor Lakhani

Her Honour offers her thoughts on her first year as Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, along with her heartfelt thanks to everyone she has learned from and all those who have enriched her journey to date.

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International Youth Day 2021

This United Nations special day focuses on the power that youth hold to shape our communities and the future for the better.

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Heritage Day 2021

Heritage Day is a celebration of many things including spending time with family and friends this long weekend but it is also a time to recognize and honour the wealth of vibrant cultures that make up the fabric of our society.

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Canada Day 2021

This Canada Day finds us at a singular moment in our history and gives us the opportunity to reflect, to remember our collective strengths and to address sober realities.

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National Multiculturalism Day

This year is the 50th anniversary of Canada’s official multiculturalism policy and we all can play a role in the ongoing process of building diverse and welcoming communities.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

On this special day and on every day of the year, as we celebrate the diverse beauty, strength and wisdom of Indigenous cultures, let us also renew our shared commitment to fostering peace, hope and reconciliation in our communities.

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World Refugee Day 2021

Like many refugees and stateless people through the years, Lieutenant Governor Lakhani was blessed to make a new home in Canada, a country that guarantees human rights, democratic freedom and the rule of law for every citizen

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Senseless killing of Muslim family in Ontario

Her Honour offers her thoughts and condolences on the loss of a London, Ontario family in an Islamophobic attack.

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Kamloops Residential School Discovery

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani offers her thoughts on the discovery of a mass burial site at the Kamloops Residential School and urges all Albertans to use Indigenous History Month and as opportunity to continue learning.

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Victoria Day 2021

As she wishes all Albertans an enjoyable long weekend, the Lieutenant Governor also offers thanks to everyone who has been serving on the front lines of the pandemic.

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May is Asian Heritage Month

This special month reminds us that the extraordinary contributions offered through the decades by people of Asian descent have been as diverse as Asian Canadians themselves.

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National Volunteer Week 2021

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2021 is an idea that holds particular meaning in these extraordinary times.  Value of One, Power of Many reminds us that our individual actions and contributions play an important role in realizing the shared vision we hold for a stronger, healthier and more compassionate future.

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Statement from Lt. Governor Lakhani on the Passing of HRH The Prince Philip

On behalf of all Albertans, I extend deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family.”

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The United Nations has set “Youth Standing Up Against Racism” as the theme for the 2021 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Queen's Commonweath Day Message 2021

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family have paid tribute to the way in which communities across the family of nations have come together in response to the pandemic in a special broadcast ahead of Commonwealth Day.

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International Women's Day 2021

As we mark International Women’s Day, I am deeply thankful for the efforts of everyone who works to ensure that women and girls, in Alberta and Canada and across the globe, receive the protections, encouragement and opportunities they need to thrive.

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Pink Shirt Day 2021

Pink Shirt Day is a moment for us all to recommit to the ongoing work of eliminating bullying from our communities.

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World Interfaith Harmony Week 2021

World Interfaith Harmony Week is a moment to celebrate the power of dialogue, compassion and acceptance between people of all beliefs.

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International Day of Education 2021

Today we mark the United Nation’s International Day of Education, a moment to recognize the extraordinary, transformative power of education to deliver opportunity and hope to all.

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Anniversary of Ukrainian Intl Airlines Crash

As we mark the one year anniversary of the loss of so many lives with the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 our hearts and thoughts reach out to the families,  friends and colleagues who have continued to bear the anguish of this terrible tragedy.

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New Year Message from Lieutenant Governor Lakhani

As we say goodbye to 2020, a year that has carried so many challenges for every one of us, it is important to take a moment and reflect on the positive things in our lives.

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Alberta's 2021 New Year's Day Levee Cancelled

In keeping with current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lieutenant Governor will not be hosting the traditional New Year’s Day Levee for 2021.

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International Human Rights Day 2020

As we mark International Human Rights Day, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all Albertans who lend their energy, talents and voices to the ongoing work of ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect, both here at home and around the world. 

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National Honour for Alberta Volunteers - Fall 2020

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani presented the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers to 14 dedicated Albertans in a series of small group, individual and online ceremonies held in Edmonton and Calgary and via Zoom from November 9 to 24.  All COVID-19 protocols were strictly observed throughout.

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National Child Day 2020

As we mark National Child Day, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the teachers, child care workers, health professionals, advocates, community volunteers, coaches and mentors among us for helping children to flourish and grow into strong and confident adults.

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on COVID-19 response

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw for an update on our province’s COVID-19 response, and our visit only served to strengthen my deep appreciation for the selfless service that Albertans have been offering throughout this challenging time.

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Remembrance Day 2020 - Message from the Lieutenant Governor

While the pandemic is limiting our ability to gather together for Remembrance Day this year, we still need to honour the men and women in uniform who have served throughout our history…and to think about the deep sacrifices they have made for us.

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Islamic History Month 2020

October is Islamic History Month, a time to mark important firsts in the story of our province and to honour Muslim Albertans whose contributions through the years have reflected the best of what it means to be an Albertan and a Canadian.

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International Day of the Girl 2020 - Message from the Lieutenant Governor

To girls in our communities, I encourage you to dream big and to always share your voice with confidence.  If you make education a priority, study hard and work with others to build strong teams, there’s nothing you can’t achieve!

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Gender Equality Week 2020 - Message from the Lieutenant Governor

As Her Majesty the Queen's representative in Alberta, it is my pleasure to recognize Gender Equality Week and to honour the important principles this week represents for Canadians.

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Honourable Salma Lakhani becomes 19th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

On Wednesday, August 26, Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani began her tenure as Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in Alberta. The formal installation took place at the Alberta Legislature.