June 26 to June 28, 2022
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser undertook an official visit to Yukon from June 26 to 28, 2022.
June 26, 2022
Their Excellencies arrived at Taylor House, the official office of the Commissioner of Yukon, and were greeted by the Honourable Angélique Bernard, Commissioner of Yukon. Her Excellency also inspected a guard of honour.
In the afternoon, Their Excellencies visited the Haa Shagóon Hídi (Carcross/Tagish First Nation Cultural Centre) where they met with members of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and discussed the state of emergency issued in January in the wake of drug-related deaths that affected their community.
#GGSimon is starting the summer off with her first official visit to #Yukon.— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) June 26, 2022
Upon her arrival, she received a warm welcome from Commissioner Angélique Bernard at Taylor House. pic.twitter.com/TlSmc6TRYM
#GGSimon reinforced the importance of improving wellness in the North when she met with members of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation.— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) June 27, 2022
She commends those working to tackle mental health and drug-related issues within the community. pic.twitter.com/S2GZByFN9h
June 27, 2022
In the morning, Their Excellencies met with the Honourable Sandy Silver, Premier of Yukon.
They also met with Yukon First Nations leaders and had the opportunity to discuss issues impacting their communities.
In the afternoon, Her Excellency gave the keynote address at the Arctic Arts Summit, which brought together representatives of the eight Arctic countries and the Indigenous nations of the circumpolar region.
June 28, 2022
In the morning, Their Excellencies attended the opening of the TETHER exhibit, a collection of artworks by northern Indigenous artists whose works display the complex and inseparable bonds connecting these diverse groups.
Next, Her Excellency visited and met with students at Yukon University, which is the first university to open in Canada’s North, above the 60th parallel.
#GGSimon was delighted to visit the TETHER exhibit @YukonArtsCentre. This collection of artworks by northern Indigenous artists shows the complex interconnections that exist across the Arctic.#ArcticArtsSummit2022 pic.twitter.com/GXKZ3GyKGz— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) June 28, 2022
The energy was contagious @YukonUniversity where #GGSimon met with future trailblazers of northern Canada.— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) June 28, 2022
She was inspired by these students, whose passions are contributing to the preservation of heritage and to the growth of the region. pic.twitter.com/wbsCIG7DQv