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Regional Visits to Saskatchewan and Manitoba

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August 19, 2010 

Governor General to Visit Saskatchewan and Manitoba

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will undertake regional visits to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba from August 23 to 26, 2010

“I am delighted to return to Saskatchewan and its capital, Regina, but also to visit Saskatoon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights. I will also head further north, to La Ronge, to meet with the women, men and youth behind the success of that Aboriginal community, which serves as a development model,” Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean said.

“It is also with great emotion that I will return to North Point Douglas, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the City of Winnipeg, where I had the pleasure of holding an Urban Arts Forum in June 2007. This visit will allow me to hear from the authorities, citizens and young people who successfully helped revitalize their neighbourhood and their community.” 

During her visit to Saskatchewan, Her Excellency will meet with His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan. She will host a Youth Dialogue at the Downtown Saskatoon Youth Centre and visit the University of Saskatchewan, where she will take part in a discussion on women’s rights to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights

During her visit to Manitoba, the Governor General will meet with His Honour the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and the Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba. A Youth Dialogue will also take place in the provincial capital with young people from various organizations and social groups in Winnipeg and the surrounding area. The community will also gather to name a park in honour of Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean. 

Below is the detailed itinerary for these regional visits (local time):

REGIONAL VISIT TO SASKATCHEWAN 

Monday, August 23
Regina, Saskatchewan

9:20 a.m.
Arrival at Regina International Airport
Upon her arrival in Saskatchewan, Her Excellency will be greeted by Their Honours the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and his wife Mrs. Naomi Barnhart, the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Education, and Mr. Fredrick D. Mantey, Cabinet Secretary, Clerk of the Executive Council and Deputy Provincial Secretary.
Regina International Airport, Regina
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Her Excellency

10 a.m.
Meeting with His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon  L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Mrs. Naomi Barnhart
Government House, Regina
CLOSED TO MEDIA
 

11 a.m.
Luncheon in honour of  the Governor General’s visit to Saskatchewan
Their Honours the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and his wife Ms. Naomi Barnhart, will host a luncheon on the occasion of Her Excellency’s visit to the province. In attendance will be the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, members of the Saskatchewan government, key provincial and city officials, community leaders, student groups, youth, and artists. For this occasion, the Governor General will deliver a speech.
Government House, Regina
PHOTO OP—Opening remarks only 

1:05 p.m.
Meeting with the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan
Government House, Regina
PHOTO OP—Upon conclusion of the meeting

1:30 p.m.
Tree planting ceremony in the Edwardian Gardens at Government House
In honour of her visit to the province, Her Excellency will plant a tree in the newly rehabilitated Edwardian Gardens. 

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan and the City of Regina invested towards rehabilitating the historic Edwardian Gardens. The recently completed gardens follow the Edwardian design, popular when Government House was built in 1891, which is based on the concept of creating “outdoor rooms.” 
Government House, Regina
PHOTO OP

Monday, August 23
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

4 p.m.
Youth Dialogue at Downtown Saskatoon Youth Centre
As part of the “Can We Talk” series, Her Excellency will host a Youth Dialogue on the role young people can play to improve their community. This is the third leg of the Governor General’s national tour to celebrate the International Year of Youth with Canadians by focusing on the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding. The Governor General will deliver opening remarks.

On August 10, 2010, the Governor General launched the International Year of Youth at Rideau Hall and on Parliament Hill. The Governor General’s Youth Dialogues “Can We Talk” series focuses on galvanizing young Canadians in every part of the country to become catalysts of hope, creativity and social transformation. Her Excellency shares the ideas and perspectives presented during the dialogues with decision makers. To date, 26 Youth Dialogues have been hosted in Canada and abroad. For more information, please visit the Web page www.youth.gg.ca.
Downtown Saskatoon Youth Centre, 1 Avenue North, Saskatoon
OPEN TO MEDIA

8:45 p.m.
Reception and Gala Performance hosted by the Province of Saskatchewan
The Honourable Ken Krawetz, Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan, will host a reception and a gala performance in honour of Her Excellency’s visit to the province. The Governor General will deliver a speech in front of local Saskatchewan artists and invited guests prior to the gala performance.
TCU Place, Saskatoon’s Art and Convention Centre, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon
PHOTO OP—Opening remarks only

Tuesday, August 24
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

9:20 a.m.
Visit to Canadian Light Source
Accompanied by Mr. Peter MacKinnon, President of the University of Saskatchewan, Her Excellency will visit the Canadian Light Source (CLS) located on the university campus. 

The CLS is a world-class, state-of-the-art facility that is advancing Canadian science, enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian industry and contributing to the quality of life of people around the world. It is committed to being a world-leading centre of excellence in using synchrotron light for research in environmental, material and life sciences; promoting innovative industrial partnerships; and engaging in scientific and educational outreach. Together, the University of Saskatchewan and the CLS are building a culture of academic and research pre-eminence.
Canadian Light Source Inc.,101 Perimeter Road, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:30 a.m.
Discussion in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights
The Governor General will participate in a discussion with panelists from varied backgrounds on the topic, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). Her Excellency will deliver an address to students, faculty and the community as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights, a federal statute led by U of S alumnus and former prime minister, the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker. 

The Canadian Bill of Rights was enacted by the Parliament of Canada on August 10, 1960, under the leadership of Prime Minister Diefenbaker, who had been campaigning for the protection of human rights since he became a member of Parliament in 1945. Concern for civil liberties had surfaced during this time, partly in response to the atrocities and human suffering that occurred during the Second World War. Further impetus for human rights protection under domestic law came in 1948 with the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which had a clear and significant influence on the Canadian Bill of Rights.
Convocation Hall, College Building, 107 Administration Place, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
OPEN TO MEDIA

Tuesday, August 24
La Ronge, Saskatchewan

1:15 p.m.
Arrival at La Ronge Airport
Upon her arrival in La Ronge, Her Excellency will be welcomed by Ms.Tammy Cook-Searson, Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, and offered a tour of the community.
La Ronge Airport, La Ronge
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Her Excellency 

1:40 p.m.
Round table discussion with representatives of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band
Her Excellency will have the opportunity to sit down with members of the Band Council and community representativesand discuss the challenges they face as well as key actions they have implemented to better improve their quality of life.
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Council, La Ronge
OPEN TO MEDIA 

3 p.m.
Community celebration
In honour of Her Excellency’s visit to the community, celebrations featuring traditional fish fry and cultural performances will be presented. For this occasion, the Governor General will deliver remarks.
Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre, La Ronge
OPEN TO MEDIA

REGIONAL VISIT TO MANITOBA 

Wednesday, August 25
Winnipeg, Manitoba

9:15 a.m.
Meeting with His Honour the Honorable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Government House, Winnipeg
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Her Excellency
 

10:35 a.m.
Meeting with the Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba
TheHonourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba, will show Her Excellency an original Magna Carta, handwritten in medieval Latin in 1217, now on display in the Manitoba Legislative Building. This is the first overseas trip this document has made in nearly 800 years.
Government House, Winnipeg
PHOTO OP—Presentation of the Magna Carta
 

11:15 a.m.
Visit to Graffiti Gallery
As a follow-up to her Urban Arts Forum at the centre in June 2007, the Governor General will see the new children’s art gallery, where she will have the opportunity to participate in an art project with children and view youth projects.

Graffiti Gallery is a not-for-profit community youth art centre, using art as a tool for community, social, economic and individual growth. It is for artists of all ages and genres from traditional art, to urban art (including hip hop art, graffiti art, street art), to Aboriginal art, to contemporary art, to performance art.
109 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA 

2 p.m.
Winnipeg Youth Dialogue on eradicating street crime in Canada
As part of the “Can We Talk” series, Her Excellency will host a Youth Dialogue honouring North Point Douglas residents for ridding their community of guns, gangs and drugs. In June 2007, the Governor General held an Urban Arts Forum, in which neighbourhood youth pleaded for help to get rid of the gangs terrorizing their community. Their words inspired residents to reduce crime to astonishingly low levels in just eight months.

During the upcoming Youth Dialogue, children, parents, youth, provincial cabinet ministers, the Mayor of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Police Chief will explain how crime was curbed in North Point Douglas and inspire “at risk” communities across Canada to do the same. The Governor General will launch the discussion with opening remarks. This is the fourth leg of the Her Excellency’s national tour to celebrate the International Year of Youth with Canadians by focusing on the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding. For more information, please visit the Web page www.youth.gg.ca.
Norquay Community Centre, 65 Granville Street (North Point Douglas), Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA

4 p.m.
Park Naming and Tree Planting Ceremony
Her Excellency will attend the naming of the Michaëlle Jean Park. She will deliver a speech, unveil the park sign and plant a tree for this occasion. A community event to celebrate the North Point Douglas successful community revitalization process will follow.
Norquay Community Centre, 65 Granville Street (North Point Douglas), Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA

Thursday, August 26
Winnipeg, Manitoba

9:15 a.m.
Visit to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Her Excellency will visit Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB). Together with Artistic Director André Lewis, she will watch Company dancers in morning class, tour the building, sit in on a portion of company rehearsal, and meet with the RWB’s board and staff.

Founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and the longest continuously-operating ballet company in North America. In 1953, the company received its royal title, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In the ensuing decades, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet grew to take its place among the world’s internationally renowned companies.
380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m.
Inauguration of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art as part of the official opening of the Buhler Centre 
Her Excellency will deliver remarks and unveil the first piece of art to be installed in the new Buhler Centre, home of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, by the artist Jimmie Durham. The Buhler Centre is also the home of The University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Business and Economics and Division of Continuing Education.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is Manitoba’s premier contemporary art gallery and the first institute of contemporary art in Canada. Since 1972, Plug In has exhibited the very best local and international art work in all media. Renowned globally for its prize-winning representation of Canada at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), Plug In Institute is working in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg.
Buhler Centre, 460 Portage Avenue, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA

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Please note that this detailed itinerary
is subject to change without notice.

Media information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau   
Rideau Hall Press Office                                              
613-998-0287                                                             
613-302-0912 (cell.)                                                    
meletourneau@gg.ca                                              

Marthe Blouin
Official Spokesperson to the Governor Genera
613-993-0397
613-301-3379
mblouin@gg.ca
www.gg.ca