Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 12, 2011 13:56 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Nunavut

There will be a photo op in Ottawa during the courtesy call between His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and the Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier of Nunavut. The courtesy call will take place at Rideau Hall on Monday, August 15, 2011, at 9:00 a.m.

Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 8:40 a.m. on the day of the event.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 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.

Monday, August 15

Ottawa, Ontario

9:00 a.m.

Courtesy Call with the Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier of Nunavut

The official program for Nunavut will begin at Rideau Hall with a courtesy call by the Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier of Nunavut. Their Excellencies will meet with the Premier, who will be accompanied by Ms. Aluki Rojas, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Nunavut.

Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of the Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier of Nunavut, and at the beginning of the meeting

Media wishing to cover the event at Rideau Hall are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 8:40 a.m.

Monday, August 15

Iqaluit, Nunavut

1:35 p.m.

Official Welcoming Ceremony

Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by the Honourable Peter Taptuna, Deputy Premier of Nunavut; Mr. Daniel Vandermeulen, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Nunavut; and Major Josée Allard, Joint Task Force North Iqaluit Detachment Commander. During the ceremony, the Governor General will conduct an inspection of the quarter guard.

Iqaluit Airport, RCMP Hangar, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

2:10 p.m.

Courtesy Call with the Honourable Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut

Their Excellencies will officially meet with the Honourable Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, and her spouse, Mr. John Floyd Sydney.

Residence of the Commissioner, Iqaluit, Nunavut

PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

3:00 p.m.

Courtesy Call with Mrs. Cathy Towtongie, President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Ms. Cathy Towtongie, President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), and Mr. Terry Audla, NTI's chief executive officer. Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to learn about the role of NTI in preserving the rights of the Inuit.

The Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) ensures that promises made under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) are carried out. The Inuit exchanged the Aboriginal titles to all their traditional land in the Nunavut Settlement Area for the rights and benefits set out in the NLCA. The management of land, water and wildlife is very important to the Inuit. NTI coordinates and manages Inuit responsibilities as set out in the NLCA, and ensures that the federal and territorial governments fulfill their obligations. For more information, visit www.tunngavik.com.

Igluvut Building, 3rd Floor, Iqaluit, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival

3:45 p.m.

Civic Call with Her Worship Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Her Worship Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit, and Mr. David Ell, Deputy Mayor of Iqaluit. The meeting will provide Their Excellencies with an opportunity to discuss the city's initiatives, as well as issues faced by the residents of Iqaluit.

Iqaluit City Hall, Iqaluit, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

4:20 p.m.

Tour of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

Their Excellencies will be greeted by the Honourable Peter Taptuna, Deputy Premier of Nunavut, and Mr. John Quirke, Clerk of the Assembly, who will offer a guided tour of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, 926 Federal Road, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

6:00 p.m.

Community Feast and Presentation of the Northern Medal

Their Excellencies will take part in a community feast provided by the Government of Nunavut and hosted by the Honourable Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut. During the feast, Their Excellencies will meet with the people of Iqaluit and experience Inuit culture, food and traditions.

Their Excellencies will also honour Mr. Zacharias Kunuk, recipient of the Governor General's Northern Medal. Created by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, in 2005, the Governor General's Northern Medal is awarded annually to citizens who have contributed to the evolution and constant reaffirmation of Canada's North as part of our national identify. For more information, visit http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14189.

Arctic Winter Games Arena, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

The following is the citation for Mr. Kunuk:

Zacharias Kunuk, O.C.

Igloolik, Nunavut

Inuk film producer and director Zacharias Kunuk was born in Kapuivik, on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Living a traditional childhood of schooling in Igloolik and summers spent traveling and hunting with his family, Mr. Kunuk developed a passion for photography, which led him to filmmaking. In 1990, he co-founded Igloolik Isuma Productions, Canada's first independent Inuit production company, which prides itself in preserving and enhancing Inuit language and culture.

His first feature film, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), enjoyed international acclaim. He completed The Fast Runner Trilogy with two other films (The Journals of Knud Rasmussen and Before Tomorrow), which, along with numerous documentaries on Inuit culture and climate change, have reached many audiences in Canada and abroad via new networking technologies.

Mr. Kunuk is devoted to his community, having served as hamlet councillor in Igloolik and on various boards of directors throughout the territory. He is currently on the board of the Nunavut Development Corporation, which is responsible for providing residents with sustainable employment and income opportunities in arts and crafts.

A unique storyteller, Mr. Kunuk has shared his passion and love for the cultural, traditional and spiritual values of the North, allowing it to be embraced worldwide.

Tuesday, August 16

Iqaluit, Nunavut

8:45 a.m.

Visit to the Nunavut Research Institute

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Ms. Mary-Ellen Thomas, senior research officer with the Nunavut Research Institute. Their Excellencies will then be taken on a tour of the Institute's facilities, where they will learn about the varied research being undertaken in Nunavut, the value of science through educational programs, and the importance of encouraging training and hiring of local researchers, and of supporting research projects initiated by Nunavut-based organizations and agencies.

As a part of the Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Research Institute strives to provide leadership in developing, facilitating and promoting traditional knowledge, science, research and technology as a resource for the well-being of Nunavut's citizens. Since its inception, the Nunavut Research Institute has provided support to hundreds of research projects, including long-term studies of the marine environment and climate in the Frobisher Bay area. As the central body mandated to licence research, it serves as a touchstone for broad-scale scientific activity in the territory. For more information, visit www.arcticcollege.ca.

Nunavut Research Institute, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

10:00 a.m.

Discussion with Community Members Involved in Education

Their Excellencies will take part in a discussion with high school and college students, teachers and people involved in the education system, on the topic of education in Nunavut. The discussion will provide an overview of the different challenges they face, the solutions being undertaken, and innovative methods being used to keep students in school.

Nunavut's education system has 43 schools across 25 communities, with a student population of 8 855. Ninety-seven per cent of the students are of Inuit descent. Formal education has a relatively short history in Nunavut; Grade 12 only became available in every community in 1997.

Nunavut Arctic College, Nunatta Campus, Iqaluit, Nunavut

CLOSED TO MEDIA

11:45 a.m.

Visit and Lunch at the Iqaluit Community Tukisigiarvik Society

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mrs. Elisapi Aningmiuq, program coordinator for the Tukisigiarvik Society, and by the Society's executive director, Mr. David Wilman. Their Excellencies will be given a tour of the facility and an overview of its services, followed by several demonstrations of cultural skills. Their Excellencies will lunch with board members, staff and clients of the Society, during which the Governor General will say a few words. The lunch is also being hosted by Her Worship Madeline Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit.

The Tukisigiarvik Society is a community-based organization that offers support and assistance to individuals and families, with a particular emphasis on teaching the importance of the Inuit language and culture. The centre's Inuit Elder-advisors teach traditional skills development and give advice on Inuit values, customs, beliefs and practices (also known as Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit), which form the basis of the support and counselling services and programs offered by the Society.

Iqaluit Community Tukisigiarvik Centre, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

1:45 p.m.

Presentation by NGOs and Volunteers on Positive Initiatives in the Community

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Ms. Amy Elgersma, Director of Recreation for the City of Iqaluit, and will learn about the work being done by various NGOs and volunteers working toward a common goal: making the community a better place for residents in need. Following the presentation, His Excellency will offer informal closing remarks.

Elders Qammak, Building #226, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

3:05 p.m.

Nunavut Stars Hockey Camp

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Mike Pelino, Nunavut Stars Hockey Camp head coach, and Ms. Jesse Mike, camp coordinator, and will meet with the volunteers, coaches and players that make the camp possible every year. Their Excellencies will first meet with younger hockey camp participants (aged 5 to 14) during an off-ice session that focusses on the importance of commitment, motivation and leadership, as well as leading a healthy lifestyle. Their Excellencies will then meet with the older participants (aged 15 to 19) during an on-ice training session. His Excellency will take part in a short series of drills with the players and coaches. Following the sessions, Their Excellencies will meet with volunteers, parents and players.

For the ninth consecutive year, Iqaluit is hosting the annual Nunavut Stars Hockey Camp. Over 100 young boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 19, representing almost every community in Nunavut, will be attending this volunteer-driven camp to learn on-ice skills, as well as team building skills and how to lead a healthier lifestyle. This hockey camp provides the benefits of developing friendships with camp mates from different communities.

Cadet Hall / Arnaitok Arena, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

4:45 p.m.

Meeting with Homeowners and Volunteers of Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Glenn Cousins, Chair of Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit. They will then meet with the owners of the first two homes built by the organization, as well as with its many volunteers. The Governor General will provide closing remarks at the end of the visit.

Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit (HFHIQ) is an official affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, an organization of which the Governor General is patron. HFHIQ is directly responsible for the legal organization, fundraising, partners, family selection and mentoring, as well as the financial and construction aspects, of the HFHIQ program. As of 2009, HFHIQ has built two houses in Iqaluit, making them the northernmost Habitat homes in the world. Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, covers approximately 2 000 000 square kilometres. For more information, visit www.habitat.ca.

Frobisher Inn Iqaluit, Baffin Room, Iqaluit, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

Wednesday, August 17

Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut

10:25 a.m.

Civic Call with His Worship Loasie Audlakiak, Mayor of Qikiqtarjuaq

Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Loasie Audlakiak, Mayor of Qikiqtarjuaq. This is the first time a Canadian governor general has visited the community. Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the area and learn about the initiatives being undertaken by its citizens.

Qikiqtarjuaq Chambers, Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

11:00 a.m.

Community Gathering with the Residents of Qikiqtarjuaq

Their Excellencies will take part in an informal welcoming reception, organized by the community in honour of their visit and hosted by the Mayor of Qikiqtarjuaq. During the reception, His Excellency will deliver remarks.

Community Centre, Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

1:00 p.m.

Visit to Auyuittuq National Park

Their Excellencies will travel by boat with officials of Parks Canada to Coronation Fjord and spend time hiking along the shoreline. During their hike, Their Excellencies will be provided with a brief history of the area, one that is of great cultural significance to the Inuit of Qikiqtarjuaq.

Sweeping glaciers and polar sea ice meet jagged granite mountains in Auyuittuq National Park. Established in 1976, Auyuittuq—an Inuktitut word meaning "land that never melts"—protects 19 089 square kilometres of glacier-scoured terrain. The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. In 1911, Canada was the first country in the world to establish a national service entirely dedicated to parks.For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca

Auyuittuq National Park, Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut

CLOSED TO MEDIA

Thursday, August 18

Repulse Bay, Nunavut

8:30 a.m.

Civic Call with His Worship Hugh Haqpi, Mayor of Repulse Bay

Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Hugh Haqpi, Mayor of Repulse Bay, and his spouse, Mrs. Elizabeth Haqpi, to learn about the city's history, its current initiatives and the challenges of living in the North.

Repulse Bay Chambers, Repulse Bay, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

9:30 a.m.

Repulse Bay's Annual Terry Fox Run / Walk

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Aubrey Bolt, Principal of the Tusarvik School, and will join the community for Repulse Bay's annual National Terry Fox School Run.

The 31st annual Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday, September 18, 2011, in more than 700 communities across Canada, including those in Canada's North. The Terry Fox National School Run Day takes place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, in thousands of schools across Canada. The Terry Fox Foundation's mission is to maintain the image and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research. Terry Fox events are held in businesses, schools and communities from coast to coast. In keeping with the approach of its founder, The Terry Fox Run is an innovative, all-inclusive, non-competitive and volunteer-led event.

Tusarvik School, Repulse Bay, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

11:00 p.m.

Community Gathering in Repulse Bay

Following the Terry Fox Run, a community gathering will be held in honour of Their Excellencies' visit.

Community Centre, Repulse Bay, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

12:30 p.m.

Lunch with Students from Tusarvik School

Their Excellencies will be escorted by Mr. Aubrey Bolt to the school's science room to meet with students from Grades 9 to 12 enrolled in the social sciences program, to learn about how these students contribute to the community. Following the discussion, the students will present the new Northern Global Vision Riding Ambassador Program initiative. Their Excellencies will then meet with all students in the school's gymnasium at 1:15 p.m. where the Governor General will say a few words.

The Northern Global Vision Riding Ambassador Program is an initiative created to encourage young Canadians to change their attitudes about our democratic system. The program aims to get young people to vote and serves as a means for youth to voice their concerns, share their ideas and collaborate for change while working directly with those in leadership positions in their communities and throughout the country.

Tusarvik School, Repulse Bay, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and during the visit in the school gymnasium

2:10 p.m.

Discussion with Community Elders

Their Excellencies will be escorted by the Mayor of Repulse Bay to the community centre hall for a discussion with Repulse Bay Elders. The discussion will focus on the various changes to the community they have witnessed throughout the years.

Community Centre, Repulse Bay, Nunavut

CLOSED TO MEDIA

4:30 p.m.

Hike on the Thule Trail

Their Excellencies, accompanied by the Mayor of Repulse Bay, will take part in a hike through an ancient Thule site.

Thule Trail, Repulse Bay, Nunavut

CLOSED TO MEDIA

Friday, August 19

Kugaaruk, Nunavut

10:00 a.m.

Civic Call with His Worship Makabe Nartok, Mayor of Kugaaruk

Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Makabe Nartok, Mayor of Kugaaruk, and Mr. Canute Krejunark, Deputy Mayor, to discuss the hamlet's initiatives and challenges. This is the first time a governor general has visited the hamlet of Kugaaruk.

Kugaaruk Chambers, Kugaaruk, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

10:45 a.m.

Participation in a Kayak Workshop

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Tony Immingark, coordinator of the kayak workshop. They will have the unique opportunity to work with Elders and students on the design and construction of a sea kayak, using traditional tools.

The kayak-building workshop is an initiative designed to rekindle the kayak design skills known to the community Elders. Kayaks in Kugaaruk would have traditionally been made of caribou skins and bones. No nails were used in the kayak construction. Caribou sinew was used to lash the kayak together.

Kayak Workshop, Kugaaruk, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

11:45 a.m.

Lunch at an Elders Camp

Following the kayak-building workshop, Their Excellencies will depart for an Elders' camp. Students from the Kugaaruk School will also join Their Excellencies for lunch at the camp.

Daily routines at the camp entail a great deal of hunting, fishing and trapping, in a variety of settings and conditions. Many Inuit believe that living off the land creates intelligent and moral persons.

Elders' Camp, Kugaaruk, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

Friday, August 19

Resolute Bay, Nunavut

7:05 p.m.

Arrival at the Resolute Bay Airport

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Her Worship Tabitah Mullin, Mayor of Resolute Bay, and senior Canadian Forces staff from Operation NANOOK.

Resolute Bay Airport, Resolute Bay, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival Saturday, August 20

Resolute Bay, Nunavut

8:50 a.m.

Participation in Operation NANOOK 2011

Their Excellencies will take part in the largest annual demonstration of Canada's sovereignty, known as Operation NANOOK. As commander-in-chief of Canada, His Excellency will observe training exercises performed by members of the Canadian Forces stationed in Canada's Arctic. Their Excellencies will participate in various activities during their visit and will conclude the day with a dinner with members of the Canadian Forces.

Operation NANOOK is a clear demonstration of the Canadian Forces fulfilling their primary mission of Arctic sovereignty and is one of three major recurring sovereignty operations conducted annually by the Canadian Forces in Canada's Arctic, along with Operation NUNALIVUT, in the High Arctic, and Operation NUNAKPUT, in the western Arctic.

Operation NANOOK Forward Operating Headquarters, Resolute Bay, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and during the dinner with Canadian Forces troops

Sunday, August 21

Resolute Bay, Nunavut

9:30 a.m.

Civic Call with Her Worship Tabitah Mullin, Mayor of Resolute Bay

Their Excellencies will meet with the Mayor of Resolute Bay, and her spouse, Mr. Murray Balson, to learn about the hamlet's history, current initiatives and daily life in the second-northernmost civilian community in Canada.

Hamlet Office, Resolute Bay, Nunavut

PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

10:20 a.m.

Visit to Polar Continental Shelf Program

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Martin Bergmann, Director of the Polar Continental Shelf Program, who will provide an overview of the project and take Their Excellencies on a tour of the facilities.

Over the past 50 years, the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP), a federal program led by Natural Resources Canada, has organized transportation, equipment, accommodation and meals (when staying at the NRCan Resolute facility) and other logistical services for scientists and researchers working in Canada's North. Each year, the PCSP provides safe, efficient and cost-effective ground and air support to over 150 research projects involving more than 1 100 scientists, students and field support technicians from Canadian government agencies, northern communities, university groups and independent research teams conducting scientific activities in isolated areas throughout the Canadian Arctic.

Polar Continental Facilities, Resolute Bay, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

11:45 a.m.

Barbeque with the Community of Resolute Bay and Members of the Canadian Forces

Their Excellencies will attend a barbeque hosted by Canadian Forces members to thank the community of Resolute Bay for its support of Operation NANOOK. The Governor General will say a few words to CF members and guests.

Resolute Airfield, Resolute Bay, Nunavut

OPEN TO MEDIA

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