Earl & Countess of Wessex visit Canada for the DofE Award scheme – Day 8

19 September (Friday) Day 8 – solo engeagements; final day of TRHs visit to Canada

 The Countess of Wessex: KI & North Bay, Northern Ontario

The Countess of Wessex (who stayed overnight in the small inn on the reserve), in the morning attended a traditional field Breakfast with the Canadian Rangers, Elders and community members, Mamow Building, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Ontario, Canada.

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© Only in KI, click on pic to view full gallery from the royal visit at their FB site.

After Ruth Ann Onley: “Spending time with the women elders of KI helped us to see the community through their eyes. We learned more about major continuing problems like unemployment, sub-standard housing and substance abuse. But we also heard of the challenges faced by the people of KI at the personal level. For example, a lack of adequate birthing facilities means pregnant women must leave their families three weeks before their due date and await the birth of their babies alone in Thunder Bay. And, because the KI school only goes to Grade 10, bright, inquisitive kids who want to go further must leave the reserve to finish their education.”

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courtesy of Andrea Cohen Barrack Twitter feed, HRH became the newest honorary ranger

More from the report: “I am still processing the emotional aftermath of our visit to KI – as I suspect every member of our delegation is also doing – but certain visuals stand out in my memory, foremost among them the Countess standing with a group of women elders, who had come to the airport to say goodbye and spontaneously began to sing God Save The Queen, bringing her to the point of tears.” Full article can be found here.

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© Only in KI, click on pic to view full gallery from the royal visit at their FB site.

Outfit & jewellery:
New lovely knit jacket by Old Molly.
Honorary Canadian Ranger hoodie. Nice article here.
Heavenly Necklaces studs in white gold or sterling silver, Countess wore them many times before.
ZoZo Necklace by Patrick Mavros.

Later HRH returned by plane to North Bay, where she attended a First Nations Education Working Lunch at the Nipissing University, College Drive, North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

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via Indigenous Relations Twitter feed

Finally, The Countess of Wessex attended the Nipissing University First Nations Education Symposium at the Surtees Athletic Centre, Nipissing University, College Drive, North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

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via Aboriginal Affairs Twitter feed; The Countess of Wessex & Stan Beardy, Regional Chief of the Chiefs of Ontario.

From Nugget.ca: “Fresh from an overnight visit to the remote fly-in First Nations community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, arrived in North Bay with a delegation of high-profile women, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, to speak about aboriginal issues.”

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via Aboriginal Affairs Twitter feed;
HRH The Countess of Wessex and Nipissing FN Chief Marianna Couchie

“The wife of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, the Countess addressed a crowd of approximately 400 people touching on the importance of education, a need to preserve aboriginal language and culture and a need to help heal the the still-opens wounds stemming from the Canadian government ‘s residential school system. “We need to ask about what can done to ease their suffering,” she said, of residential school survivors who are haunted by “painful memories.”

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courtesy of Nipissing University, via their Twitter feed. Again kind thank you for providing live feed of the event.

After BAYTODAY.ca: The 20-year-old Moose Factory student at Nipissing was amazed to hear a member of the royal family so knowledgeable about the first nations people in Canada. “It’s my hope that following our visit to KI there will be further opportunities which will arise where we’ve made work to replicate the good examples more widely, perhaps bringing existing organizations together to explore what more can be done not only in KI but with many other aboriginal communities,” said the Countess during her speech.  

Print screen from live feed

While touching on education and treaty rights, she also talked about the value of First Nation’s languages. “I have learned how important the native languages in the different communities are. Yet these languages are being rapidly lost,” she said.

Print screen from live feed; Blessing Ceremony

Language is what often defines us as a people. It is part of our history and who we are. And especially within communities where language is not being documented but passed from generation to generation verbally, it is vital that we ensure survival of these dialects. This is not a move to create division between people but a celebration of difference and a way of enriching all the people of Canada and its heritage.”

Print screen from live feed;
HRH presented 7 young people with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards

Outfit & jewellery: 
New black stretch dress by Tom Ford. 
Diamond studs (gift from Prince Edward), similar to those from Heavenly Necklaces in white gold or sterling silver. Countess wore them many times before. 
ZoZo Necklace by Patrick Mavros.
Bruce Oldfield black pumps.  
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design called Moneypenny in black. 

 

The Earl of Wessex: Saskatchewan

The Earl of Wessex attended the Dedication of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation War of 1812 Monument, River Landing, Whitecap, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Earl of Wessex attended a Whitecap Dakota First Nation Cultural Event, at the Farmer’s Market Building, Whitecap, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Earl of Wessex attended a Whitecap Dakota First Nation Lunch at the Swift Current Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Earl of Wessex Honorary Deputy Commissioner visited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Swift Current Rural Detachment, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Earl of Wessex visited the Ecole Centennial and All Saints Catholic Elementary School, Woodrow Lloyd Place, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

4 thoughts on “Earl & Countess of Wessex visit Canada for the DofE Award scheme – Day 8

  1. Anonymous

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I really like Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and it is so hard to find stories about her. Thank you for taking the time to constantly update this website.
    Maureen

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  2. Jasmin

    Excellent coverage as always! The Earl and Countess have worked hard on this tour and so have you 😉 (unlike the rest of the British media…) now you get a well deserved rest until Sophies next engagement

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