Commonwealth Day 2018

The Commonwealth

On Monday, March 12 at 9 am, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell and the British Consul Caroline Saunders will raise the Commonwealth Day Flag at McDougall Centre in Calgary to mark Commonwealth Day 2018. The Flag will be raised simultaneously in front the Edmonton Federal Building on the grounds of the Alberta Legislature.

About the Commonwealth:

The Commonwealth is a family of 53 countries, spanning six continents and covering roughly one quarter of the globe.

The Queen is head of the Commonwealth and 2.4 billion of the world’s people live in Commonwealth countries.

Member countries subscribe to the Commonwealth Charter, which focuses on democracy, human rights and the rule of law for all citizens. Members also commit to promoting peace and prosperity.

 Although most member countries have historical ties to the British Empire, the real glue that binds the Commonwealth together are the shared principles set out in the Charter. The last two nations to join the Commonwealth (Rwanda and Mozambique) have no historical ties to Britain.

Commonwealth leaders meet every year to discuss how member nations can work together to address common challenges. 

Canada’s membership in the Commonwealth is a part of our history but also an expression of Canadians’ ongoing commitment to peace, freedom, and justice for all citizens.

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Baroness Patricia Scotland and Outdoor Trust Chair Hugo Vickers at the Banff Commonwealth Walkway unveiling.
Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day is marked around the world on March 12. It’s a time for all member countries to celebrate the traditions and history of the Commonwealth and also to remember the shared principles that unite all member nations.

The Queen marks the day by attending a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Cathedral.

Read Her Majesty's Commonwealth Day Message for 2018 (.pdf)

Message de sa Majesté la Reine à l’occasion du Jour du Commonwealth 2018(.pdf)

Alberta's Commonwealth Walkway

On September 17, 2017, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell unveiled the first Commonwealth Walkway in Canada. The Banff Commonwealth Walkway was Alberta’s gift to the Queen to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

The Walkways, with are an initiative of the UK-based Outdoor Trust, link member nations around the world and celebrate our common ties.  About the Banff Commonwealth Walkway