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Media Advisory: Governor General to Visit Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk

by NationTalk on April 11, 2008825 Views

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(April 11, 2008) – Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will visit Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories from April 13 to 17, 2008. While in the Beaufort-Delta Region, Her Excellency will meet with leaders, Elders and youth from the Gwich’in, Inuvialuit and Metis communities.During her stay in Inuvik, which will be marking its 50th anniversary this summer, Her Excellency will take part in a discussion with the Gwich’in people at the newly built Wellness camp. In addition, the Governor General will present the Northern Medal to Inuvik resident Nellie Cournoyea, and will host a youth town hall meeting involving young people from throughout the region.

The Governor General will also deliver a keynote address and participate in the National Inuit Education Summit, entitled “Toward a National Inuit Education Strategy”, and presented by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), which brings together educators from across the Arctic.

The Governor General will travel to Tuktoyaktuk where she will take part in a community gathering, featuring cultural performances, Arctic sport demonstrations and local crafts displays.

Please see detailed itinerary below (Mountain time).

Inuvik – Sunday, April 13

2:30 p.m. Official welcome by Commissioner of the Northwest Territories and Mayor of Inuvik
Upon her arrival at the Inuvik International Airport, the GovernorGeneral will be officially welcomed by the Honourable Anthony W. J.Whitford, Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, and by HisWorship Derek Lindsay, Mayor of Inuvik. She will then proceed with the inspection of the Ranger Guard.
OPEN TO MEDIA

3 p.m. Visit to the Western Arctic Regional Centre
In the presence of the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, the Mayor of Inuvik, Council members and community leaders, the Governor General will visit and meet with interpreters from the centre to learn more about the town’s history.
OPEN TO MEDIA

4 p.m. Visit to Igloo Church
Her Excellency will visit the impressive Igloo Church and climb up to its beautiful upper dome.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover thearrival of the Governor General and her visit of the ground floor.

7:20 p.m. Community Gathering at the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex andConference Centre
Her Excellency will meet with Inuvik community members, Elders and youth, and will deliver a speech.
OPEN TO MEDIA

Inuvik – Monday, April 14

9:30 a.m. Roundtable discussion at the Gwich’in Wellness Facility and Healing Camp
Her Excellency will deliver remarks and participate in a roundtablediscussion with Mr. Fred Carmichael, President of the Gwich’n Tribal Council, chiefs and council members, Elders and youth.
OPEN TO MEDIA – In case of inclement weather, the roundtable discussion will take place at the Gwich’in Tribal Council office.

Noon Working luncheon with Community Leaders and Elders at TonimoesRestaurant
Her Excellency and the Honourable Floyd Roland, Premier of theNorthwest Territories, will host a working luncheon focused on therole and the importance of community leadership in creating healthycommunities with Inuvik community leaders, representatives of theGwich’in and Inuvialuit communities, and Elders.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover theGovernor General’s arrival. The working luncheon will remain closed to media.

7 p.m. Presentation of the Northern Medal at the Sir Alexander Mackenzie School
The Governor General will present the Northern Medal to Ms. Nellie J.Cournoyea. Created in 2005, the Governor General’s Northern Medal is awarded to a citizen whose actions and achievements have contributedto the evolution and constant reaffirmation of the Canadian North aspart of our national identity. Additional information about this award can be found at http://www.gg.ca/honours/awards/01/index_e.asp.
OPEN TO MEDIA

Youth Town Hall at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School The Governor General will also attend a youth town hall meeting, where she will hear from youth of the Beaufort-Delta Region on issues they face and success stories they have experienced.
OPEN TO MEDIA

Inuvik – Tuesday, April 15

9:30 a.m. Visit to the Inuvik Regional HospitalThe Governor General, accompanied by Ms. Deborah Tynes, Chief Executive Officer of the Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority, will have tea with the Elders of the long term carefacility.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover the official photo. As for the meeting with the Elders, it will be closed to media.

Noon Summit on Inuit Education Luncheon at the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex and Conference Centre
As keynote speaker, Her Excellency will deliver a speech at the luncheon of the Summit on Inuit Education, which addresses the futurecourse for Inuit education in Canada. The summit is organized by ITKand brings together Inuit leaders, educators, policy makers andeducation leaders from the Arctic.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover theGovernor General’s speech. The remainder of the luncheon will be closed to media.

4 p.m. Inauguration of the Mobile Trades Training Lab at Aurora College
The Governor General will inaugurate and visit the Mobile TradesTraining Lab (MTTL), a modified tractor-trailer with expandable wallsthat provides a “classroom” space equipped for training in theelectrical, plumbing, carpentry, welding and mechanical trades. With its two companion supply trailers, the MTTL is self-contained andcapable of being moved to communities in the region to meet training demands.
OPEN TO MEDIA

7:30 p.m. Walkabout on Main Street and visit to the Inuvik Youth Centre
Her Excellency will walk along Main Street, where she will visit theInuvik Youth Centre.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover thearrival of the Governor General at the Inuvik Youth Centre. The remainder of the walk will be closed to media.

Tuktoyaktuk – Wednesday, April 16

8:50 a.m. Official welcome by Mayor of Tuktoyaktuk
Upon her arrival to the Tuktoyaktuk Airport, Her Excellency will be welcomed by MLA of Nunakput Jackie Jacobson, Mayor of Tuktoyaktuk HisWorship Mervin Gruben, Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation Chair Robert Gruben, and Brigadier-General Ms. Chris Whitecross. She will thenproceed with the inspection of the Ranger and Canadian Junior RangerGuard.
OPEN TO MEDIA

9:20 a.m. Visit of Tuktoyaktuk
In the presence of the Mayor of Tuktoyaktuk, the Governor General will participate in a locally guided tour of the Hamlet.
OPEN TO MEDIA

11:30 a.m. Working luncheon with Community Leaders and Elders at Kiglavik House
Her Excellency and the Mayor of Tuktoyaktuk will host a working luncheon focused on civic engagement and issues with Tuktoyaktuk community leaders and Elders.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover the Governor General’s arrival. The working luncheon will remain closed to media.

2 p.m. Community Gathering at Kitti Hall
The Governor General will deliver a speech at the Community Gatheringat Kitti Hall, where cultural performances, a demonstration of Arcticsports and a craft display will be presented by the community.
OPEN TO MEDIA

4 p.m. Visit to the Tuk Youth Centre
Her Excellency will visit the centre and take part in a discussionwith youth.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover thearrival of the Governor General. The youth discussion will be closed to media.

6 p.m. (approximately)Visit to the Community Ice House
The Governor General will visit a remarkable “ice house” 10 metres underground that has 19 rooms to store frozen fish, whale andcaribou.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover the arrival of the Governor General.

Inuvik – Thursday, April 17

8:30 a.m. Visit to Samuel Hearne Secondary School
Her Excellency will meet with and provide a send-off for Canadian andinternational students as they take part in the “Schools on Board”outreach program and board on the CCGS Amundsen, Canada’s state-of-the-art research icebreaker.
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:35 a.m. Official Farewells by Delta-Beaufort Leaders at the Inuvialuit Community Corporation Building
Before leaving Inuvik, the Governor General will receive official farewells from Delta-Beaufort leaders at their regional council meeting.
OPEN TO MEDIA – Members of the media will be able to cover the official photo.

11:20 a.m. Visit to the Forward Operation Location
Her Excellency will visit the Forward Operation Location and meet with the deployed Canadian Forces personnel.
CLOSED TO MEDIA

Annex A – Recipient of the Governor General’s Northern Medal

Nellie J. Cournoyea, LL.D.
Aklavik, Northwest Territories

Governor General’s Northern Medal

For over 30 years, Nellie Cournoyea has encouraged and stimulated the economic and social evolution of the Northwest Territories. A former CBC announcer and station manager, she worked as a land claims field worker for the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami of Canada. She was a founding member and land rights worker for the Committee for Original Peoples’ Entitlement. Ms. Cournoyea also served as a member of the legislative assembly for the Northwest Territories and subsequently became premier of the Northwest Territories in 1991. Retired from office in 1996, she was elected chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, with the mandate of managing the lands and financial compensation resulting from the 1984 Inuvialuit Final Agreement, which she helped to negotiate. Her political achievements have been matched by her considerable volunteer work and her support of traditional artists as a director of the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre and as a founding member of the Northern Games Association. Her contribution, dedication and vision have truly made a difference for Northern Aboriginal people and their communities.

For more information, please contact

Rideau Hall Press Office
Marie-Eve Letourneau
613-998-0287
613-302-0912 (cellular)
www.gg.ca
www.citizenvoices.gg.ca

or

Press Secretary to the Governor General
Marthe Blouin
613-294-8967 (cellular)

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