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Lieutenant Governor will present Mookmaanish Sword to Wiikwemkoong

Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will conduct official visits to the communities of Sault Ste. Marie, Elliot Lake, Manitoulin Island, and Northern Bruce Peninsula during a tour of the region from Wednesday, July 27 to Saturday, July 30, 2016. The tour is part of Her Honour's continuing program of travel to communities in Ontario.
 

Manitoulin Island


Friday, July 29, 2016
 
10 a.m. – Visit to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
15 Highway 551, M’Chigeeng
The Lieutenant Governor will tour the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, which was established in 1974 to strengthen the language and culture of the Anishinaabek Nation. Her Honour will have an opportunity to meet with chiefs and elders of the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising.
Photo opportunity
Media contact: Peggy Simon, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 705-377-4902
 
11:05 a.m. – Visit to the Neon Raven Art Gallery
53 Corbiere Road, M’Chigeeng
The Lieutenant Governor will visit the Neon Raven Art Gallery, which was established in 2002 to showcase the works of the acclaimed Beam family.
Closed to media
 
12:30 p.m. – Visit to the Central Manitoulin Municipal Complex
6020 Highway 542, Mindemoya
After meeting municipal councillors and staff, the Lieutenant Governor will participate in a courtesy call with Central Manitoulin Mayor Richard Stephens.
Photo opportunity
Media contact: Ruth Frawley, Municipality of Central Manitoulin, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 705-377-5726x32
 
1 p.m. – Visit to Mindemoya Community Hall
6032 Highway 542, Mindemoya
The Lieutenant Governor will join mayors of other Manitoulin Island municipalities and representatives of local First Nations during a roundtable focusing on social cohesion in the community. Her Honour will then attend a reception hosted by the Mayor of Central Manitoulin. Present will be roundtable participants and staff from Central Manitoulin and other Island municipalities.
Informal remarks
Media availability, roundtable closed to media
Media contact: Ruth Frawley, Municipality of Central Manitoulin, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 705-377-5726x32
 
2:35 p.m. – Visit to the Central Manitoulin Welcome Centre
2207 Highway 551, Mindemoya
During a tour of the Central Manitoulin Welcome Centre, the Lieutenant Governor will meet with summer students; Ted Taylor, President of the Central Manitoulin Historical Society; and Pat Costigan, curator of the Central Manitoulin Historical Society-Pioneer Museum.
Photo opportunity
Media contact: Ruth Frawley, Municipality of Central Manitoulin, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 705-377-5726x32
 
3:45 p.m. – Visit to the Mishibinijima Private Art Gallery
426 Lakeshore Road, Wikwemikong
The Lieutenant Governor will visit the Mishibinijima Private Art Gallery, which was established by artist James Simon. The gallery’s collection of paintings explores the legacy of the residential school system, Indigenous spirituality, and reconciliation.
Closed to media
 
5 p.m. – Visit to the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
Band Administration Office, 19A Complex Drive, Wikwemikong
Greeted by Chief Duke Peltier, the Lieutenant Governor will address a gathering of community members. Her Honour will observe the presentation of a replica of the Mookamaanish Sword, which was presented by the Crown 200 years ago to thank the Wikwemikong community for its participation in the War of 1812. The replica was created by the Canadian War Museum, where the original sword currently resides with the agreement of the community. Her Honour will then attend dinner.
Informal remarks
Media availability
Media contact: Chief Duke Peltier, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 705-859-3122 x254