Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 22, 2009 16:42 ET

Governor General Visits Nunavut and Nunavik

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, accompanied by their daughter Marie-Eden, will travel to Canada's North. The visit, which will take place primarily in Nunavut and end in Nunavik, in Quebec's Arctic region, will run from May 25 to June 1, 2009.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the government of Nunavut as the issue of sovereignty in the Arctic is becoming increasingly important. Finding a balance between the equitable development of resources and the preservation of the environment is the main focus. It is important that northern populations, particularly youth, who make up the vast majority, are able to be involved in developing their communities and contributing to national prosperity. It is in this spirit of sharing and solidarity that Their Excellencies and delegate social entrepreneure and documentary filmmaker Maryse Legagneur will be meeting with women, men and youth in these regions, which make up 20 percent of Canada's land mass. They believe it is essential to strengthen the ties between Canada's northern and southern regions and to be enriched by a better understanding of the life, culture and realities of the Inuit people.

Their Excellencies will visit eight communities in three of Nunavut's regions: Rankin Inlet, Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Resolute, Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Pangnirtung and Iqaluit. Their visit will wrap up in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. During their stay, they will be meeting with territorial government and municipal representatives. In addition, they will hold several discussion forums with Inuit youth and elders to highlight their accomplishments and to discuss the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Below is the detailed itinerary (local time):



Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Monday, May 25

10:20 a.m.
Arrival of Their Excellencies in Rankin Inlet
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
His Worship John Hickes, Mayor of Rankin Inlet. The Governor General will
then proceed with the inspection of the Cadet honour guard.
Rankin Inlet Airport, Rankin Inlet
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:40 a.m.
Visit to the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will visit the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship
Centre, where they will have the opportunity to meet with staff and youth
to discuss services offered by the centre.

Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre is the only friendship centre in Nunavut.
Located in Rankin Inlet on the west coast of Hudson Bay, this dynamic
organization offers 13 to 15 programs that benefit the residents of Rankin
Inlet and the Kivalliq Region. These programs are designed to serve the
needs of the community in a variety of ways, from offering counselling to
teaching traditional skills, and to offering essential services like
school transportation.
Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre, Rankin Inlet
OPEN TO MEDIA

11:05 a.m.
Visit to Maani Ulujuk High School
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will visit the public library located
within the school, where they will donate books from the Governor
General's Literary Awards list. The Governor General will then speak to
the students about the importance of education and what their aspirations
are for the future.
Maani Ulujuk High School, Rankin Inlet
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m.
Meeting with members of Hamlet Council
Their Excellencies will attend a meeting of the Hamlet Council.
Hamlet Council Office, Rankin Inlet
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:55 p.m.
Tour of Rankin Inlet
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will explore Rankin Inlet by bus.
Rankin Inlet
OPEN TO MEDIA

5 p.m.
Community Feast
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden, accompanied by the Mayor of Rankin
Inlet, will attend a community feast. During this community gathering,
they will be entertained with drum dancing, throat singing and two
step performances.
Community Centre, Rankin Inlet
OPEN TO MEDIA

Kugluktuk, Nunavut
Tuesday, May 26

10:20 a.m.
Arrival of Their Excellencies in Kugluktuk
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
Deputy Mayor Grant Newman. The Governor General will then proceed with the
inspection of the Canadian Ranger and Junior Canadian Ranger honour guard.
Kugluktuk Airport, Kugluktuk
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:50 a.m.
Visit to Kugluktuk High School and Presentation of the Governor General's
Academic Medal
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will visit Kugluktuk High School, where
the Governor General will speak about youth empowerment. She will also
award the 2008-2009 Governor General's Academic Medal to student Beverly
Anablak.

Lord Dufferin, Canada's third governor general after Confederation, created
the Academic Medals to encourage academic excellence across the nation.
Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students
in Canadian schools can receive. Today, the Governor General's Academic
Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school
level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at
the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level.
Kugluktuk High School, Kugluktuk
OPEN TO MEDIA

11:15 a.m.
Discussion with community leaders
Their Excellencies will meet and hold a discussion with community leaders
as well as youth involved with the school's Alcohol Education Committee.
Kugluktuk High School, Kugluktuk
OPEN TO MEDIA

12:50 p.m.
Community Feast and Presentation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Long
Service Medal
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will attend a community feast in
Kugluktuk, during which the Governor General will award the RCMP Long
Service Medal to Sergeant Maurice Poisson, in honour of his 30 years of
service.

The RCMP Long Service Medal is awarded to any officer, non-commissioned
officer or constable who is of irreproachable character and who has
completed no less than 20 years of service with good conduct.
Community Centre, Kugluktuk
OPEN TO MEDIA

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
Tuesday, May 26

4:15 p.m.
Arrival of Their Excellencies in Cambridge Bay
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
Her Worship Michelle Gillis, Mayor of Cambridge Bay. The Governor General
will then proceed with the inspection of the Cadet honour guard.
Cambridge Bay Airport, Cambridge Bay
OPEN TO MEDIA

5:30 p.m.
Tour of Arctic Coast Visitor Centre
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be offered a tour of the Arctic
Coast Visitor Centre, which explores the history behind the quest to find
the Northwest Passage.
Arctic Coast Visitor Centre, Cambridge Bay
OPEN TO MEDIA

6:05 p.m.
Visit to the Youth Centre
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will visit the brand new Youth Centre and
will discuss issues with the Youth Committee.
Youth Centre, Cambridge Bay
OPEN TO MEDIA

Resolute Bay, Nunavut
Wednesday, May 27

1 p.m.
Arrival in Resolute Bay
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
Her Worship Saroomie Manik, Mayor of Resolute Bay. The Governor General
will then proceed with the inspection of the Canadian Ranger and Junior
Canadian Ranger honour guard.
Resolute Bay Airport, Resolute Bay
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:35 p.m.
Visit to Thule Site
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will take part in a guided tour of Thule
Site and will be welcomed by students who participated in the
archaeological dig.

Thule Site consists of four ancient Inuit villages which lie within walking
distance of the present settlement of Resolute Bay. At least three of them
relate to a very early period of Inuit occupation; some of the earliest
houses may have been built shortly after 1000 A.D. These early Inuit are
known as Thule people (pronounced TOO-lee), since their archaeological
remains were first discovered near the Greenlandic settlement of the same
name.
Thule Site, Resolute Bay
OPEN TO MEDIA

2:45 p.m.
Meeting with Elders from the community
Their Excellencies will have tea with Elders from the Resolute Bay
community to discuss the 1930's displacement of families to ensure Arctic
sovereignty.
Qarmartalik School, Resolute Bay
OPEN TO MEDIA

5:15 p.m.
Visit to the Northwest Passage
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden, accompanied by the Canadian Rangers,
will visit the Northwest Passage.

The Northwest Passage is a water route through the islands of northern
Canada that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A treasured path
sought after for centuries by explorers, it was thought to provide a
shorter shipping route between Europe and Asia. But, with each ship and
life lost during the 300-year search for the Passage, explorers seeking
it were also on a hunt for glory.
Northwest Passage, Resolute Bay
PHOTO OP

Pond Inlet, Nunavut
Thursday, May 28

11:10 a.m.
Arrival in Pond Inlet
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
His Worship Abraham Kublu, Mayor of Pond Inlet. The Governor General will
proceed with the inspection of the Canadian Ranger and Junior Canadian
Ranger honour guard. She will then meet with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Israel Mablick on issues affecting the community of Pond Inlet.
Pond Inlet Airport, Pond Inlet
OPEN TO MEDIA

Clyde River, Nunavut
Thursday, May 28

1:35 p.m.
Arrival in Clyde River
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
His Worship Andrew Iqalukjuak, Mayor of Clyde River. The Governor General
will then proceed with the inspection of the Canadian Ranger and Junior
Canadian Ranger honour guard.
Clyde River Airport, Clyde River
OPEN TO MEDIA

2 p.m.
Lunch at RCMP Duplex
During a luncheon with RCMP members, Her Excellency will award the RCMP
Long Service Medal to Constable Allan Jagoe in honour of his 30 years of
service.
RCMP Duplex, Clyde River
PHOTO OP

3 p.m.
Visit and discussion at the Ilisaqsivik Family Resource Centre
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will visit the facility which strives to
achieve community wellness by giving people a place where they can come to
find healing, and programs that will help them develop their strengths.
Ilisaqsivik Family Resource Centre, Clyde River
OPEN TO MEDIA

4 p.m.
Hip Hop Show at the Iqalukjuak Centre
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will attend a hip hop show put together
by local artists trained by Mr. Steve Leafloor Buddha, founder of Blue
Print For Life. This organization runs "Social Work Through Hip Hop"
programs throughout Canada's North and in Canadian inner cities. The
workshops conducted in Clyde River involved over 60 youth from the
community.
Iqalukjuak Centre, Clyde River
OPEN TO MEDIA

Pangnirtung, Nunavut
Thursday, May 28

7 p.m.
Arrival in Pangnirtung
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
His Worship Moses Qarpik, Mayor of Pangnirtung. The Governor General will
then proceed with the inspection of the Canadian Ranger and Junior
Canadian Ranger honour guard.
Pangnirtung Airport, Pangnirtung
OPEN TO MEDIA

8:30 p.m.
Meeting with mayor of Pangnirtung
Their Excellencies will meet with the Mayor and his councillors to discuss
issues and challenges faced by the community.
Hamlet Office, Pangnirtung
PHOTO OP - At the beginning of the meeting.

9:15 p.m.
Cultural demonstrations
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden, along with the Mayor of Pangnirtung,
will attend demonstrations of hip hop, Arctic games, throat singing and
drum dancing.
Hamlet Office, Pangnirtung
OPEN TO MEDIA

Pangnirtung, Nunavut
Friday, May 29

9:15 a.m.
Tour of Pangnirtung community
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will explore the community of Pangnirtang
by bus.
Pangnirtung
OPEN TO MEDIA

9:45 a.m.
Visit to the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will have the opportunity to discuss with
artists.

The Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts is an Inuit arts facility
conceived and constructed in 1989 to serve the Inuit artists and community
of Pangnirtung. The Centre provides arts development opportunities,
employment for artists, and through its gallery, markets Inuit fine art and
crafts to visitors from all over the world.
Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts, Pangnirtung
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:45 a.m.
Visit to and discussion at the Youth Centre
Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden, along with the Mayor of Pangnirtung,
will visit the Youth Centre in Pangnirtung. They will have a discussion on
issues and challenges youth face in the North.
Youth Centre, Pangnirtung
OPEN TO MEDIA

Iqaluit, Nunavut
Friday, May 29

2 p.m.
Arrival in Iqaluit
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
His Worship Elisapee Sheutiapik, Mayor of Iqaluit. The Governor General
will then proceed with the inspection of the Ranger and Junior Canadian
Ranger honour guard.
Iqaluit Airport, Iqaluit
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA STATEMENT - The Governor General will deliver a statement to the
press about her visit to Nunavut following the inspection of the guard.

5:30 p.m.
Opening of the Annual Lieutenant-Governors' Conference
The Governor General will attend the opening dinner of the three-day
Annual Lieutenant-Governors' Conference to be held this year in Iqaluit.
Workshops and activities involving the Iqaluit community are planned
until Sunday, May 31, 2009.
Frobisher Inn, Iqaluit
CLOSED TO MEDIA

8 p.m.
LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium
Their Excellencies will attend the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium. The
Governor General will deliver a speech. The guest speaker is Ms. Sheila
Watt-Cloutier, C.M., and the first recipient of the Governor General's
Northern Medal.

The LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, founded by John Ralston Saul in 2000, is
one of the most prominent lecture series on issues concerning the public
good in Canada. The symposium brings Canadians together to discuss and
debate the future shape of Canada's civic culture. For the first time in
its history, the event will be held in Canada's North.
Inukshuk High School, Iqaluit
OPEN TO MEDIA

Iqaluit, Nunavut
Saturday, May 30

4 p.m.
Meeting with Premier of Nunavut
Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier of
Nunavut.
Frobisher Inn, Iqaluit
PHOTO OP - At the beginning of the meeting.
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT - The Governor General and the Premier will deliver
statements to the press following their meeting.

5:30 p.m.
Urban Arts Forum and Pizza Party
Their Excellencies will host a discussion with youth, emerging artists and
civic leaders to explore the ways in which the arts and culture in the
North are being used to address social issues and empower youth.The event
will be moderated by Ms. Sylvia Cloutier and will include hip hop
performances by local groups.
Cadet Hall, Iqaluit
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:15 a.m.
Canadian Honours Ceremony
In the presence of the lieutenant-governors and commissioners of Canada,
the Governor General will honour two individuals who have contributed
tremendously towards their respective communities.

Caring Canadian Award
The Governor General will award the Caring Canadian Award to Ms. Beth
McKenty, who has dedicated her life to helping young people cope with
hardship through artistic expression. The Governor General's Caring
Canadian Award was created to recognize the fine example set by special
volunteers whose compassion and charitableness are such a part of the
Canadian character. This award honours Canadians for unpaid voluntary
activities, most often done behind the scenes, at the community level.

RCMP Long Service Medal
She will also present the RCMP Long Service Medal to Chief Superintendent
Martin Cheliak, Commanding Officer, V Division in Nunavut, for his 30 years
of service.
Frobisher Inn Hotel, Iqaluit
OPEN TO MEDIA

Kuujjuaq, Quebec
Sunday, May 31

4:15 p.m.
Arrival of Their Excellencies in Kuujjuaq
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies and Marie-Eden will be welcomed by
His Worship Larry Watt, Mayor of Kuujjuaq, and Mr. Pita Aamati, President
of Makivik Corporation. The Governor General will then proceed with the
inspection of the Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers honour guard.
Kuujjuaq Airport, Kuujjuaq
OPEN TO MEDIA

7 p.m.
Dinner in honour of Their Excellencies' visit
Members of Makivik Corporation and staff from the Auberge Kuujjuaq will
host a dinner in honour of Their Excellencies' visit to Kuujjuaq. On this
occasion, the Governor General will deliver a speech.

Makivik is the development corporation mandated to manage the heritage
funds of the Inuit of Nunavik, as outlined in the James Bay and Northern
Quebec Agreement. Makivik's role includes administering and investing the
funds, as well as promoting economic growth through the assistance of new
businesses launched by the Inuit in Nunavik. It also promotes the
preservation of Inuit culture and language, as well as the health, welfare,
relief of poverty, and education of the Inuit in their communities.
Auberge Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuaq
CLOSED TO MEDIA

Kuujjuaq, Quebec
Monday, June 1

10 a.m.
Discussion with community leaders
Their Excellencies will meet with the Mayor of Kuujjuaq, Makivik board
members and other prominent community leaders to discuss issues, challenges
and success stories related to the community.
Makivik Corporation, Kuujjuaq
OPEN TO MEDIA

2 p.m.
Youth Dialogue
Their Excellencies will host a Youth Dialogue in Kuujjuaq on the issues
youth are facing in Nunavik and the ways in which they are addressing such
challenges. Panellists and youth from the community will participate in the
discussion.
Hamlet Office, Kuujjuaq
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA STATEMENT - The Governor General will deliver a statement to the
press to report on her visit to Canada's North.

Photos, speeches and videos of Their Excellencies' visit to Canada's North
will be posted on www.gg.ca.

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