Watch: Sarah McLachlan's rousing JUNOs speech is bursting with Canadian pride

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Chris Mejaski,

Sarah McLachlan used her time on the JUNO Awards stage in Ottawa Sunday night to not only thank those who have helped her throughout her career, but to praise the country where she was raised.

Canada is a country "where the rights of girls and women are respected, where people of all ethnicities, genders and sexual identities can stand together as one. Where diversity is cherished. Where the arts are revered. Where people being polite is still an important thing," she said. "We Canadians, we're far from perfect, but we have a lot to offer the world and we have to continue to set the bar high."

McLachlan, who took the stage after taped tributes from the likes of Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Tegan and Sara Quin, Diana Krall, James Tayler and Josh Groban. Identifying how music has given her life "deeper meaning and a powerful sense of purpose," she also discussed how it can hold wider purpose.

"I know as humans we're capable of creating great beauty and great violence and we need to remember to hold on to our light, our goodness," she said.

"We all feel love and loss, and we all suffer, but we have so much to learn from each other," she added. "So I am immensely proud to stand here tonight and say that I am Canadian, and I am grateful for this amazing life and career that I have been so blessed to have. So to all of you who have given me so much, thank you from the bottom of my heart."