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Visit to Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation on National Aboriginal Day

Jun 20 2013 12:00AM



OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/13 -- Youth of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation living in the remote boreal forest of northwestern Ontario are opening their homes to Canadians to share their culture and showcase the spirit of their community. Her Excellency Sharon Johnston and Her Honour Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley have accepted this invitation and will attend the KI Event on Friday, June 21, 2013, on the occasion of National Aboriginal Day.

"I'm looking forward to engaging with these youth from KI who clearly show leadership and creativity in hosting other Canadians in their community," said Her Excellency. "It will be very inspiring for me to spend National Aboriginal Day with them. Their invitation is not only an act of openness, but also one of friendship."

In 2010, Her Excellency and Her Honour visited Eabametoong First Nation at the invitation of Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy.

Below is Her Excellency's detailed itinerary for KI:

Friday, June 21

11:30 a.m.Arrival in KIUpon their arrival in the community, Her Excellency and Her Honour will bewelcomed by a youth from the Oji-Cree Nation.KI AirportPHOTO OP12 p.m.Official CeremonyKI Chief Donny Morris and other community leaders will offer welcomingremarks to Her Excellency, Her Honour and other participants in thisjourney. Her Excellency will take this opportunity to thank the communityfor their warm welcome and this memorable experience.In addition, Her Excellency and Her Honour will participate in the awardpresentation ceremony recognizing youth organizers involved in the planningof the KI event. The ceremony will conclude with singing and drummingperformances by youth.Homecoming GroundsOPEN TO MEDIA1 p.m.Community LunchHer Excellency and Her Honour will join Elders, leaders and youth for acommunity lunch.Homecoming GroundsPHOTO OP3 p.m.Discussion with EldersHer Excellency and Her Honour will participate in a discussion with Elders.Homecoming GroundsCLOSED TO MEDIA


Artistic and Cultural DemonstrationsCommunity members will showcase to Her Excellency and Her Honour theirartistic and cultural heritage with fish curing, drumming and craftdemonstrations.Homecoming GroundsTour of KI CommunityYouth from KI will invite Her Excellency and Her Honour on a tour of theircommunity with stops at the nursing station, the women's shelter and thecommunity hall.Canoe ExcursionHer Excellency and Her Honour will join youth on a canoe excursion on BigTrout Lake where she will witness first-hand the beautiful landscape of theregion and the rich traditions and culture of this community.Big Trout LakeFireworksHer Excellency and Her Honour will attend a firework display in celebrationof National Aboriginal Day.Homecoming Grounds

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Marie-Eve Letourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Source: Marketwire

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