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Visit to the Québec Region

March 24, 2015 

Governor General to Visit the Québec Region 

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit the City of Québec and Wendake from March 25 to 26, 2015

“We are looking forward to returning to the Citadelle of Québec and to meeting with the residents of Wendake,” said His Excellency. “Our program will focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, education, volunteerism and mental health.” 

During this visit, His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to volunteers from the Québec region in recognition of their remarkable work. Their Excellencies will then visit Wendake to learn more about what makes the Huron-Wendat Nation such a vibrant and prosperous community. Their Excellencies will also meet with representatives from Quebec associations to discuss initiatives that have a positive economic and social impact on the region. 

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary (Eastern Daylight Saving Time). 

Wednesday, March 25
Québec, Quebec 

9:30 a.m.     
Inspection of a Royal 22e Régiment Quarter Guard
As commander-in-chief of Canada, the Governor General will conduct an inspection of a Royal 22e Régiment quarter guard to mark his arrival at the Citadelle.
The Citadelle of Québec

10:30 a.m.
Presentation of the Caring Canadian Award
His Excellency will present the Caring Canadian Award to 23 volunteers from the Québec region in recognition of their commitment to their community. The names of the recipients and their citations are posted on

Created in 1995, the award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information or to nominate a deserving individual, visit
The Citadelle of Québec

Wendake, Quebec 

1 p.m.
Arrival in Wendake and Meeting with the Grand Chief and Band Council of the Huron-Wendat Nation
Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, and will attend a traditional singing performance. The Governor General will then meet privately with the Grand Chief and the Family Chiefs. 

History clearly shows the presence of the Huron-Wendat dating back to the first contact between navigator Jacques Cartier and Grand Chief Thonnakona, in Kanatha. To this day, the Huron-Wendat Nation lives in Wendake, on a site originally known as Roreke. Nestled on the banks of the Akiawenrahk (Saint-Charles) river, the village is set back from the ancient Wendat capital city of Stadaconé, which became the City of Québec, and provides easy access to Nionwentsïo, areas used for traditional activities. The Wendats have created a vibrant and prosperous place to live, one that has remained contemporary and open to its environment for generations, all while drawing from traditional roots. For more information, visit (in French only).
Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, 5 Place de la Rencontre
MEDIA CONTACT: Tina Durand, Secretary to the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, 418-843-3767;

1:45 p.m.
Presentation of Projet Tortue Yändia’wich
Their Excellencies will visit the Centre de santé Marie-Paule Sioui-Vincent, the first phase of Projet Tortue, and will hear a presentation on the project. The visit will conclude with a discussion with staff members and testimonials from those who have benefited from the centre’s services, highlighting the important economic and social impact it has on the community. 

The Projet Tortue Yändia’wich is an innovative and unique project that brings health care and social services together under one roof. It optimizes services for people at every stage of life, from prenatal to end-of-life, in a continuum-of-care concept for the Huron-Wendat Nation, for its neighbours in the northern Capitale-Nationale region, and for partners who have provided their support. This project has created socio-economic initiatives and jobs for the region. For more information, visit (in French only).
Centre de santé Marie-Paule Sioui-Vincent, 40 Chef Simon-Romain
MEDIA CONTACT: Tina Durand, Secretary to the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, 418-843-3767; 

2:45 p.m.        
Visit to the Centre de développement de la formation et de la main d’oeuvre (CDFM) huron-wendat
Their Excellencies will visit the CDFM, where traditional crafts, the techniques for which are taught at the centre, will be demonstrated. Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to talk with students and teachers about the importance of the CDFM for Quebec First Nations and for the preservation of traditional skills. During the visit, His Excellency will present a Bronze-level Governor General’s Academic Medal to a student who graduated with the highest average from a secondary-level institution in 2014. 

The Huron-Wendat Nation Council created the CDFM huron-wendat in 1995. Since then, the centre has been responsible for managing funding and services for employment and training programs, and for income security. The CDFM offers various alternatives to students, workers, organizations, businesses and the unemployed. The CDFM welcomes students from all Quebec First Nations and has agreements with a number of Quebec CEGEPs and universities. For more information, visit (in French only).
100 Rue de l’Ours
MEDIA CONTACT:Tina Durand, Secretary to the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, 418-843-3767;

3:45 p.m.
Visit to GV Snowshoes
Their Excellencies will visit the business premises and will watch a demonstration on traditional and modern snowshoe making.

For over 50 years, GV Snowshoes has maintained a tradition of excellence in the production and servicing of snowshoe products. GV operates a complex of three manufacturing plants in Quebec totalling 60 000 square feet, and exports to 15 countries and three continents. For more information, visit
605 Rue Chef-Stanislas-Koska
MEDIA CONTACT: Tina Durand, Secretary to the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, 418-843-3767;  

Thursday, March 26
Québec, Quebec 

9:30 a.m.
Visit by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to the Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale (AQRP)
Mrs. Johnston will meet with members of the AQRP team to learn about the AQRP’s mental health programs and to discuss the de-stigmatization of mental illness. The meeting will end with an activity to introduce Her Excellency to the djembe drum.

Since its foundation in 1990, the AQRP has brought together individuals in Quebec and from around the world who are involved in psycho-social rehabilitation and recovery. The organization encourages the integration of a multitude of stakeholders, including people currently experiencing or who have experienced mental health issues, as well as their loved ones, in order to promote and improve mental health practices and services. For more information, please visit (in French only).
2380 Avenue du Mont-Thabor, Unit 205
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Eve Côté, Community Life Officer, Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale, 418-523-4190, ext. 214; 

11 a.m.           
Visit by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to the Café-Rencontre du centre-ville
Mrs. Johnston will visit the Café-Rencontre du centre-ville and will meet with staff. She will also help with the lunch service.

Café-Rencontre was initiated in the City of Québec in 1987 by a few volunteers who were concerned about poverty in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood. The organization’s primary mission is to help people living in poverty by providing both food assistance and a range of services and activities (thrift shop, homework help for children, an addictions support group, etc.). On average, the café serves 290 meals a day.
796 Rue Saint-Joseph Est
OPEN TO MEDIA – Lunch service, as of 11:30 a.m.
MEDIA CONTACT: Paschall Hardy, administrative and socio-cultural assistant, 418‑640‑0915, ext. 221; 418‑264‑0199 (cell); 

1:30 p.m.        
Presentation of the Mental Illness Foundation’s Partner for Life Youth Program

Mrs. Johnston will visit the École secondaire Le Sommet, where she and the students will attend a presentation on the Partners for Life youth program. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the students.                  

Partners for Life is a prevention and outreach program that aims, firstly, to teach youth, parents and school staff how to recognize the symptoms of depression. Secondly, it provides them with tools to help them refer someone in distress to the appropriate resources. This program focuses on early problem-solving for teen depression, an illness that can lead to academic failure and even suicide. For more information, visit
École secondaire Le Sommet, 120 Rue De La Polyvalente, Charlesbourg


Media information:

Dominique Collin
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-513-6324 (cell)


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