Premier Caroline Cochrane issued the following statement on the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip.
“Prince Philip was a man who made many sacrifices in his life so we could enjoy the freedoms we have today. This was most evident during his time as a decorated naval officer during the Second World War. He spent much of his life working to help others and provide opportunities to those who may not have been as fortunate.
“Through his community work and philanthropy, His Royal Highness has empowered millions of young people around the world to strive for greatness and believe in themselves, including many Canadians.
“Many Northerners will remember his visit to the Northwest Territories in 1970 as part of the celebrations around the hundredth anniversary of the creation of the Northwest Territories. With his loving life partner, Queen Elizabeth II, they visited Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk, Yellowknife, Fort Smith, and Fort Providence., where they kicked off a canoe race down the Mackenzie River.
“Prince Philip cared deeply about leaving the world in a better place for future generations to come, so they could have all the opportunities they could hope and dream of. His work in the volunteer sector, his interest in wildlife conservation has left a long-lasting impact across the globe.
“On behalf of all Northwest Territories residents, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Her Majesty, the Queen, and the entire Royal Family during this difficult time.”