Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 27, 2015 11:05 ET

Governor General to Close the 2015 Canada Winter Games and Visit Haida Gwaii

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will undertake a visit to Northern British Columbia, from March 1 to 3, 2015, during which he will take part in the closing ceremony of the 2015 Canada Winter Games and meet with members of Haida Gwaii communities.

"As we begin the Year of Sport, I am looking forward to celebrating the efforts, accomplishments and sportsmanship of athletes and volunteers at the 2015 Canada Winter Games," said His Excellency. "I am also eager to meet with residents of Northern British Columbia, including at the University of Northern British Columbia and several Haida First Nation communities in Haida Gwaii."

All timings indicated are in local time zone (Pacific Standard Time - UTC/GMT -8 hours).

Sunday, March 1
Prince George
4 p.m.
Closing Ceremony of the 2015 Canada Winter Games
The Governor General will take part in the closing ceremony and officially close the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Earlier in the day, His Excellency will cheer on the athletes participating in the Men's Gold Medal hockey game and will present the gold medal to the winners.
From February 13 to March 1, 2015, Prince George and Northern British Columbia play host to 2 400 athletes from over 800 communities, 1 000 coaches and officials, up to 4 500 volunteers, and thousands of visitors for this celebration of youth, sport, culture and community. For more information, visit
University of Northern British Columbia
Monday, March 2
Prince George
10:30 a.m.
Participation in a Panel Discussion with the President of UNBC and the Mayor of Prince George
After meeting with Daniel Weeks, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and visiting the facilities of the university, His Excellency will take part in a panel discussion to talk about what can emerge when progressive universities work in tandem with small, proactive cities. The other panelists will be His Worship Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George, and Daniel Weeks. The discussion will be moderated by Tracy Summerville, political science professor and chair of the UNBC 25th anniversary steering committee.
Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC provides undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies and the environment. It is a university both in and for the North, and its mission has instilled a
strong sense of ownership, purpose and adventure among its students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors and partners, as well as in the communities it serves. For more information, visit
Prince George Playhouse, 2626 Recreation Place
MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Wood, UNBC, 250-960-5626 or
Monday, March 2
Sandspit, Haida Gwaii
1:45 p.m.
Arrival in Haida Gwaii
The Governor General will be greeted by Peter Lantin, President of the Council of the Haida Nation, upon his arrival in Haida Gwaii.
Sandspit International Airport
Monday, March 2
Skidegate, Haida Gwaii
4 p.m.
Meeting with the members of the Council of the Haida Nation (CHN)
The Governor General will meet with members of the CHN to talk about their respective communities.
The CHN was formed in 1974 by a handful of people with a vision to organize the Haida people into one political entity. Haida reside throughout the islands but are concentrated in two main centres, Old Massett at the north end of Graham Island and Skidegate at the south end. In addition to these two communities, there are more than 2 000 other Haida scattered throughout the world. For more information, visit
CHN Offices
5 p.m.
Visit to The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay' Llnagaay
The Governor General will visit this centre which celebrates the living culture of the Haida people.
The Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵaay' Llnagaay is an award-winning Aboriginal cultural tourism attraction located on Haida Gwaii on British Columbia's Northwest coast. Through their language, art and stories, the Haida people share their relationship with the land and sea, which has helped to shape, nourish and sustain them. For more information, visit
The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay' Llnagaay, #2 Second Beach Road, Skidegate
6:30 p.m.
Skidegate Community Gathering
His Excellency will take part in a gathering where he will have the opportunity to speak with members of the Skidegate community.
The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay' Llnagaay, #2 Second Beach Road, Skidegate
Tuesday, March 3
Skidegate, Haida Gwaii
9:30 a.m.
Visit to Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (S.H.I.P.)
His Excellency will meet with participants of this program that aims to preserve and revitalize Skidegate Haida language. Eventually, the organizers of this program hope to have households in Skidegate, as well as Haida families living off the island, use this language regularly once again. The ultimate goal of the program is to ensure that future generations of Haida people will be able to speak the Skidegate Haida language and to pass it on to their children.
Since its inception in 1998, S.H.I.P. has been recording the Skidegate Haida language. It has also produced over 120 instructional CD-ROMs for use at home, in the S.H.I.P. Program, in local schools, and for Haidas living off the island. For more information, visit
Tuesday, March 3
Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida Gwaii
1 p.m.
Hiking Tow Hill at Naikoon Provincial Park
The Governor General will join youth from the region for a hike on Tow Hill at Naikoon Provincial Park hiking trail, alongside the shores of the Hiellen River.
Naikoon is the traditional territory of the Haida Nation and figures prominently in their present lifestyles and their history. There are many places of cultural and spiritual importance, as well as historic village and important food gathering sites throughout the park. For more information, visit
Tow Hill Hiking Trail, Naikoon Provincial Park
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of His Excellency
Tuesday, March 3
Old Masset, Haida Gwaii
6 p.m.
Old Masset Community Event
His Excellency will have the opportunity to meet with the members of the community of Old Masset and of surrounding communities.
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