I wish to begin by saying that that is the normal territory of the Musquiam, Squamish, and Zleil Watut Coast Salish peoples.
I’m completely satisfied to be right here in the present day with Minister Macaulay and our Liberal MPs Talib, Terry, Wilson, Ron, Parm; thanks for being right here.
However I’m additionally very happy to be right here with my good friend John Horgan, Prime Minister of British Columbia. I additionally wish to welcome Provincial Minister Melanie Mark and Chief Wayne Sparrow amongst different chiefs.
I’m completely satisfied to be right here at Rogers Enviornment with Group Canada athletes who’ve competed in the newest Invictus Video games. That is the place you go to see the groups present their energy and dedication and the place you go to cheer them on.
After we see individuals compete and provides it their all, it makes us all wish to be higher and transfer on. So the courageous troopers taking part within the Invictus Video games encourage us all. They signify the perfect of us.
That is the second time that Canada has been chosen to host the Video games, however for the primary time in historical past, the Video games will function winter sports activities which might be distinctive to Canada.
To assist this distinctive Canadian occasion, our authorities will present $15 million. We can rejoice and see excellent athletes from everywhere in the world in motion. Nonetheless, we all know that in winter sports activities, our Canadian athletes will present them what they’re manufactured from.
However simply in case, we’re additionally going to offer $1 million to the Soldier On program to assist Group Canada get the coaching and tools they want.
Soldier On is the Canadian Forces program that helps the restoration of sick and injured members of the navy and veterans as a result of we all know that sport can and needs to be an integral a part of restoration.
Beforehand, we watched Group Canada play wheelchair curling, one of many winter sports activities we’ll be seeing on the 2025 Video games. The staff was very expert and you possibly can really feel their vitality and energy. We won’t wait to see how they compete.
Beforehand, I had the chance to speak to athletes about their navy service, the challenges they face, and the way sport has impacted their restoration.
I believe it is simple to underestimate or overlook the impact that the Invictus Video games and sports activities can have on wounded service members as they get better. If you consider it, those that resolve to behave on behalf of their nation accomplish that with all their being, and this impacts who they’re. They offer the perfect of themselves to their nation. They get used to it and make it their obligation.
Out of the blue trauma happens they usually really feel they will now not give their all to their nation. They really feel they can not do as a lot as they used to. Wounded or not, after all, they nonetheless have rather a lot to supply the nation, however it is a matter of perspective. In earlier discussions, we have talked about challenges, competitiveness, striving for excellence, and bereavement. Certainly, there’s a path to observe to grasp that trauma can change an individual. Nonetheless, that does not cease him from being a world class athlete or having that type of motivation, that momentum and that quest that pushes him to offer his all to his teammates and nations and put himself all the way in which.
That is what Invictus Video games gives the chance to do. They offer athletes, in addition to their comrades and households and all of us, the chance to dwell, really feel and rejoice.
I spoke with Mike, a retired infantry captain who suffered a spinal damage whereas serving in his nation, and he talked about how sports activities and competitors have helped him succeed.
And Marcy Lynn, who’s coming to the Video games to indicate the world that her PTSD does not outline her. Like all of us, every day brings its personal set of challenges, however the Invictus Video games and the work everybody does in assist of the Video games present us that every day additionally brings its personal set of victories and achievements.
Mike, Marcy Lynn, Pat… together with your inspiring story, thanks on your service. Thanks for all the time displaying us what it means to excel in serving the nation, in serving others.
You present us the complete energy of man. You devoted your life to defending others, you risked all the things to guard our freedom and our democracy. We’re all the time grateful to you, and much more, as a result of we now have the chance to assist the Canadian staff, of which you’re proud to be a component.
Earlier than I wrap up in the present day, I might prefer to take the time to focus on the work True Patriot Love has achieved to arrange Canada’s Invictus Video games 2025 bid and safe the Video games. Thanks for all the things you do to assist the members and veterans of the Canadian Forces and their households.
I do know all households… all Canadians stay up for seeing courageous and devoted troopers on the 2025 Video games. Collectively we’ll rejoice the facility of sport, the facility of restoration and, above all, the facility of the person.
Because of all.