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Media Advisory – Governor General to undertake official visit to Yukon

Press Release

OTTAWA, Ontario—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser will undertake an official visit to Yukon from June 26 to 28, 2022.

During the visit, the Governor General will deliver the keynote address at the Arctic Arts Summit, which will bring together representatives of Arctic countries and the Indigenous nations of the circumpolar region. The summit’s objective is to strengthen arts and culture in the North and stimulate collaboration in the arts and creative industries.

While in the territory, Their Excellencies will also meet with Her Honour the Honourable Angélique Bernard, Commissioner of Yukon; the Honourable Sandy Silver, Premier of Yukon; and with Indigenous leaders from throughout the territory.

Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Carcross. Their Excellencies will also engage in a discussion with students from Yukon University.

Times are indicated in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Whitehorse
Sunday, June 26

11 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony at Taylor House

Their Excellencies will arrive at Taylor House, the official office of the Commissioner of Yukon, and will be greeted by the Honourable Angélique Bernard, Commissioner of Yukon. Her Excellency will also inspect a guard of honour.
Taylor House, 412 Main Street
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media Contact: Myra Nicks – 867-336-7222 – [email protected]

11:15 a.m.
Meeting with the Commissioner of Yukon

Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Angélique Bernard, Commissioner of Yukon.
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

3 p.m.
Visit to the Haa Shagóon Hídi (Carcross/Tagish First Nation Cultural Centre)

Their Excellencies will meet with members of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and discuss the state of emergency issued in January in the wake of drug-related deaths that affected their community. They will also attend a reception in the Haa Shagóon Hídi Great Hall.
Carcross
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media Contact: Heike Graf – 867-333-0535

Whitehorse
Monday, June 27

9 a.m.
Meeting with the Premier of Yukon

Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Sandy Silver, Premier of Yukon.
Yukon Legislative Building, 2071 Second Avenue
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the meeting only
Media Contact: Myra Nicks – 867-336-7222 – [email protected]

10 a.m.
Meeting with Yukon First Nations Leadership

Their Excellencies will meet with Yukon First Nations leaders and have the opportunity to discuss issues impacting their communities.
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

2 p.m.
Arctic Arts Summit

Her Excellency will give the keynote address at the Arctic Arts Summit, which will bring together representatives of the eight Arctic countries and the Indigenous nations of the circumpolar region.
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, 1171 First Avenue
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media Contact: Cameron Webber – 867-332-0400 – [email protected]

7 p.m.
Exhibition Opening at Yukon Arts Centre

Their Excellencies will attend 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. Their Excellencies will also have the opportunity to attend the premiere of Dreaming Roots, a 70-minute multidisciplinary performance show by and about Yukon First Nations people today.
Yukon Arts Centre, 300 University Drive
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media Contact: Cameron Webber – 867-332-0400 – [email protected]

Whitehorse
Tuesday, June 28

10 a.m.
Visit to Yukon University Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus

Her Excellency will visit and meet with students at Yukon University, which is the first university to open in Canada’s North, above the 60th parallel.
Yukon University, 500 University Drive
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media Contact: Michael Vernon – 867-332-4722 – [email protected]

Quick facts

  • This will be Governor General Mary Simon’s first official visit to Yukon.
  • This visit is part of a larger objective of visiting each province and territory to engage with Canadians from across the country.

Notes for media

  • Members of the media must confirm their attendance at selected events with the media contacts listed above.
  • Photos of the visit can be provided to media upon request via [email protected].
  • Members of the media can follow the Governor General’s visit and activities online at gg.ca.

Media information:
Rideau Hall Press Office
343-573-7563
[email protected]

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