The King's message regarding the states of emergency declared in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia

Published 23 August 2023

Our admiration is unbounded for the tireless work of local officials, volunteers and first responders.

My wife and I were desperately concerned to learn of the recent states of emergency declared in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia due to wildfires. We recall with great fondness our visit to Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories last year and we can only begin to imagine the heartbreak in those communities as they face this disastrous situation.

We know that this Summer has been an incredibly difficult one for Canadians everywhere. Severe flooding, devastating fires and deteriorating air quality due to smoke have impacted the country from coast to coast to coast.

My wife and I send our deepest condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and we continue to pray for all those who have been displaced, who have lost their homes, businesses or property in such dire circumstances. Our admiration is unbounded for the tireless work of local officials, volunteers and first responders in assisting and protecting their neighbours and communities in the face of such danger and uncertainty.

The beauty of Canada is not limited to its landscapes; its true beauty lies in the strength and resilience of Canadians and the care and concern they show to one another in the face of adversity.


Mon épouse et moi avons appris avec beaucoup d’inquiétude la récente déclaration de l’état d’urgence dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest et en Colombie-Britannique en raison des incendies de forêt qui y font rage. Nous gardons de chaleureux souvenirs de notre visite à Yellowknife et dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest l’année dernière, et nous ne pouvons qu’imaginer le désespoir que vivent ces communautés face à cette terrible situation.

Nous savons que cet été a été particulièrement éprouvant pour toute la population canadienne. Les graves inondations, les incendies dévastateurs et la détérioration de la qualité de l’air en raison de la fumée des incendies ont affecté le pays d’un océan à l’autre.

Mon épouse et moi adressons nos plus sincères condoléances à toutes les personnes qui ont perdu des êtres chers, et nous continuons à prier pour toutes celles qui ont été déplacées ou qui ont perdu leur maison, leur entreprise ou leurs biens dans ces circonstances catastrophiques. Notre admiration est totale à l’endroit des autorités locales, des bénévoles et des premiers intervenants qui travaillent sans relâche pour aider et protéger leurs voisins et leurs communautés dans un tel contexte de danger et d’incertitude.

La beauté du Canada transcende largement ses paysages; sa véritable beauté se trouve dans la force et la résilience des Canadiens et Canadiennes, ainsi que dans leur solidarité et leur bienveillance les uns à l’égard des autres dans les moments les plus difficiles.


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