Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 04, 2011 08:32 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Yukon

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will undertake an official visit to Yukon from February 9 to 12, 2011.

Their Excellencies will visit Whitehorse, where they will meet with the Commissioner and the Premier of Yukon, the Grand Chief of the Council of the Yukon First Nations, and the Mayor. In addition to attending official functions and events, they will visit Yukon College, participate in a discussion with members of the Association franco-yukonnaise, and join in the activities presented as part of the 11th annual Hockey Day in Canada.

"My wife and I are looking forward to discovering the rich history, traditions, culture and nature of Northern Canada, but most importantly to meet with its people," said His Excellency David Johnston. "Hockey Day in Canada organizers could not have chosen a better location than Whitehorse to present this national event, which highlights how hockey can foster leadership, exploration and innovation."

Their Excellencies will visit Dawson City, located in the middle of the Yukon wilderness, to meet with mushers competing in the 1 600 kilometres Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

They will also travel north of the Arctic Circle to the fly-in community of Old Crow, home of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to meet and exchange with the Chief, councillors, Elders and community members.

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

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