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Posted: May 30, 2022

Lieutenant Governor visiting the Kootenays

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will undertake an official visit to the Kootenay communities of Cranbrook, Creston, Nelson and Castlegar from May 31 to June 3.

During her visit to Cranbrook May 31, the Lieutenant Governor will visit ʔaq̓amnik̓ School and host a lunch for recipients of the inaugural British Columbia Reconciliation Awards, the xaȼqanaǂ ʔitkiniǂ (Many Ways of Doing the Same Thing) research team.

Janet Austin was sworn in as the province’s 30th lieutenant governor in 2018 and this will be Her Honour’s first official visit to the Kootenays.

This official visit is part of a larger objective to visit communities around the province and celebrate the diversity and accomplishments of British Columbians.

In Her Honour’s mandate, she has chosen to focus on advancing reconciliation, supporting our democracy and championing inclusion.

As the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Honour will mark the Platinum Jubilee, celebrating the Queen’s 70 years of service with a variety of events, initiatives and awards, and visits to communities throughout the province.

In Creston, Her Honour will join the Yaqan Nuʔkiy school for a portion of the wuqanq̓ankimik Walk in support of reconciliation and in recognition of National Indigenous History Month.

While in Nelson, Her Honour will meet with local dignitaries from the city and community. The Lieutenant Governor will be escorted on a tour of downtown’s murals, followed by a visit to the Selkirk College Victoria Street campus to meet with fine arts students in studio. Her Honour will also take part in a roundtable with local women- and family-services support providers at Nelson Community Services.

In Castlegar, Her Honour will visit the Southeast Fire Centre and thank local B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Management British Columbia staff. Her Honour will also visit the Doukhobor Discovery Centre.


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