Earl & Countess of Wessex visit Canada for the DofE Award scheme – Day 6

17 September (Thursday) Day 6 – solo engeagements
  
The Earl of Wessex: West Kelowna & Saskatchewan
The Countess of Wessex: North Bay, Ontario

The Earl of Wessex toured the Vineyard and Winery at the Mission Hill Family Estate, West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The Earl of Wessex Colonel in Chief, attended a Barbeque with the Saskatchewan Dragoons Regimental Family, Currie Armoury, Main Street, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Articles with pics here & here.

https://twitter.com/osmachenko/status/512386348997935104/photo/1
via Scott OsmachenkoTwitter feed.

Yesterday, The Countess of Wessex attended a Dinner with the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation Delegation at the Nipissing University, College Drive, North Bay, Ontario, Canada. As it was a private event, there are no pictures to be shared, sorry.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsNow, let’s take a closer look at what’s ahead of HRH.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will join Her Honour Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley on September 17 to 19, 2014 during a three-day visit to Northern Ontario, with stops in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI)—a fly-in Aboriginal community—and North Bay. The Countess and Mrs. Onley will be accompanied by the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Lieutenant Governor-designate Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and a delegation of women business and community leaders.

This visit further highlights the Crown–First Nations relationship while acknowledging and celebrating aboriginal achievements and youth leadership. Notably, this delegation of women leaders representing the cultural, business, academic, and philanthropic sectors will have the opportunity to engage firsthand in exchanges with First Nations communities and leadership. These exchanges will supplement current activities aimed at fostering information sharing and collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Ontarians. Full press release can be found here.

More on the visit after National Post, I highly recommend reading full article.
Hunters in 14 boats pushed off Tuesday from the isolated northern reserve of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, fanning out across Big Trout Lake and down its myriad tributaries, looking to bag moose, caribou, geese — anything delicious enough to serve to the Royal Family. “We are just trying to grasp it now. The last time anyone came here from the Crown was in 1929 when we signed our treaty,” said Chief Donny Morris of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, known as KI. “To have someone from the Royal Family, representing that, reliving that, I think that’s what we’re excited about — somebody actually coming here 85 years after we signed the treaty with the Crown.”

The idea was born a year ago after Ms. Onley and Sharon Johnston, wife of David Johnston, the governor general, visited KI; joining them was the Canadian lady-in-waiting for the Countess. The Countess, 49, had expressed an interest in visiting a First Nations’ community during her trip to Canada and KI seemed a good option, despite the challenges, the National Post has learned. It is only accessible by air, except from January to March, when temporary winter roads are built over frozen lakes.

Itinerary

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) – Thursday, September 18
Visit with community and youth leaders – Closed to media
Following a welcoming ceremony, the group will tour the community school and meet with student leaders. First Nations elders then host the group for tea, followed by lunch with Chief Donny Morris and Council. The afternoon plan includes tours of the signing site of Treaty 9 (James Bay Treaty), the health centre, and other sites. The day concludes with a traditional feast hosted by community members, and campfire discussion with youth leaders. The group spends the night in KI.

North Bay – Friday, September 19, 2:30 p.m.
Visit to Nipissing University, awards presentation – Media opportunity
The Countess of Wessex and Mrs. Onley will attend a symposium on First Nations Education and presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards. The Countess and Premier will deliver remarks

IMPORTANT INFO:
Nipissing University says it will offer a live webcast of the speech that will be given by Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex, on Friday.
BayToday will also be covering the event.
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will speak to students, faculty, staff and invited guests on the topic of Aboriginal Education at 2:30 p.m.
To view the webcast, visit this link.

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