Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 08, 2011 10:02 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Nunavut

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct an official visit to Nunavut from August 15 to 21, 2011.

"As a vital part of our collective history, there is much we can learn from the Inuit culture," said His Excellency David Johnston. "My wife, Sharon, and I look forward to meeting with Nunavummiut families and community leaders, to hearing their stories about what Canada means to them, and to learning of the challenges they face in preserving their heritage. We are eager to exchange ideas on their sense of community and the innovative ways to build a smarter, more caring Canadian North."

During their first official visit to Nunavut, Their Excellencies will travel to all three regions of the territory: Qikiqtaaluk (or Baffin), Kivalliq and Kitikmeot. Their Excellencies will also travel to the communities of Qikiqtarjuaq and Kugaaruk, two communities never before visited by a governor general.

Their first stop in the region of Qikiqtaaluk will bring Their Excellencies to the city of Iqaluit and the community of Qikiqtarjuaq. Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, and will meet with officials from territorial and municipal governments. The visit to Qikiqtaaluk will allow Their Excellencies to learn of the region's sense of community by spending time with youth and elders, as well as educators and volunteers. They will learn about life in this part of Canada and the challenges faced by its people as they combine traditional values with modern influences. They will also take the opportunity to meet with leaders in research and development in the North by visiting the Nunavut Research Institute.

Their Excellencies will then visit the hamlet of Repulse Bay, located in the region of Kivalliq. Repulse Bay is a fishing community known for its Inuit carvers and is located right on the Arctic Circle. Their Excellencies will meet with the residents of Repulse Bay, as well as take the opportunity to exchange with local elders and explore its history by visiting a Thule site. Their Excellencies will also meet with students of the Tusarvik School and learn of initiatives to encourage youth to become engaged in Canada's democratic system.

The official visit to Nunavut will then bring the Governor General and Mrs. Johnston to the region of Kitikmeot. Offering a rare glimpse at traditional life in the High Arctic, Their Excellencies will have the first-hand opportunity to meet with local residents of Kugaaruk, including elders and youth, and observe how the Inuit people live off the land for sustenance.

The last leg of official visit will bring Their Excellencies to the hamlet of Resolute Bay, the second most northern community in Canada, located in the Baffin region, where they will take part in Operation Nanook 2011. As commander-in-chief of Canada, His Excellency will observe training exercises performed by members of the Canadian Forces posted in Canada's Arctic. They will also meet the residents of Resolute and visit the Polar Continental Shelf Program, a program that provides support to numerous research projects conducting scientific activities in isolated areas throughout the Canadian Arctic.

The detailed itinerary for this visit will be published at a later date.

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