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Annual Conference of the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners, June 27th - 29th

On June 27th - 29th, Their Honours hosted the 2011 Annual Conference of the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners. This is the first time that the annual meeting has been held in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1997. The Governor General, nine Lieutenant Governors and the three Territorial Commissioners participated.

On the evening of June 27th, to honour the occasion of the 2011 Annual Conference, Their Honours hosted a reception for invited guests. Their Excellencies, the Lieutenant Governors and the Territorial Commissioners were greeted by members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Mounted Unit. Below, Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston and Her Honour Mrs. Jane Furneaux Crosbie, followed by Their Honours, The Honourable Pierre Duchesne, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, and Her Honour Ginette Lamoureux, pose for photos with RNC Constables Krista Day (with Dobbin) and Jason Coombs (with Fraize) prior to the reception.

Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston and Her Honour Mrs. Jane Furneaux Crosbie with RNC Constables Krista Day (with  Dobbin) and Jason Coombs (with  Fraize)
©Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada 2011
Photo credit: MCpl Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall
Reproduced with the permission of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General

Their Honours, The Honourable Pierre Duchesne, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, and Her Honour Ginette Lamoureux with RNC Constables Krista Day (with  Dobbin) and Jason Coombs (with  Fraize)

Following the reception, Their Honours hosted a Black tie dinner for the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners. Below, the Photograph of the Vice-Regal representatives attending the conference, followed by a photograph of Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston and Sharon Johnston, and Their Honours, the Honourable John Crosbie and Jane Furneaux Crosbie, accompanied by Aide-de-Camp Margaret Winter.

 Photograph of the Vice-Regal representatives attending the conference
©Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada 2011
Photo credit: MCpl Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall
Reproduced with the permission of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General

Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston and Sharon Johnston, and Their Honours, the Honourable John Crosbie and Jane Furneaux Crosbie, accompanied by Aide-de-Camp Margaret Winter.

On the afternoon of June 29th, participants in the Annual Conference were offered an opportunity to travel to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The tour to the Reserve allowed guests to see the largest Atlantic Puffin Colony in North America, the Leach’s Storm-Petrel Colony, the black-leg Kittiwakes and the common Murres, and to view whales trapping the great capelin prey-fish. Below, His Honour the Honourable John Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Her Honour, the Honourable Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, enjoy the boat ride to the Ecological Reserve.

His Honour the Honourable John Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Her Honour, the Honourable Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, enjoy the boat ride to the Ecological Reserve.

Following the ecological tour, Conference participants enjoyed a lobster supper in Bay Bulls. Most participants took the opportunity to become Honourary Newfoundlanders. Following the dinner, the Honourable Stephen Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, delivered a Coast Salish prayer song , which is a thanksgiving prayer (Dinner song) to the Creator and a thanks/blessing to those responsible for making the meal. His Honour also treated guests with the singing of his composition “British Columbia.” Pictured below are the Honourable Stephen Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Honourable Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, addressing the gathering following the dinner.

Honourable Stephen Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Honourable Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

During the Conference, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Stephen Point, presented the 2011 Conference Chair, the Honourable John Crosbie, with a carving depicting a Thunderbird and The Eagle. This first ancestor figure was carved by elder Victor Dawson of the Gwa-wa-enuk Tribe. The carving includes the Thunderbird, representing the Great Spirit and the Eagle, representing the messenger of the Great Spirit. Originally gifted to His Honour, the Honourable Stephen Point, by Chief Bill Crammer of the Namgis First Nation, this carving will now be passed to the Chairman of the Annual Conference, to symbolize the representation of the interests of all Canadian Vice-Regal representatives.

Honourable Stephen Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Honourable Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

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