GG and LG to Tour Eabametoogn First Nation

EABAMETOONG FIRST NATION – Today leadership of Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) is very honoured to have representatives of the Queen visit their community.  Her Excellency Sharon Johnston- wife of the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and Her Honour Ruth Ann Onley- wife of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David Onley, arrived in the remote First Nation this morning.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy will accompany Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston, wife of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Her Honour Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley, wife of The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on their visit to Eabametoong First NationEabamettoong First Nation.

During the visit, Johnston and Onley are expected to meet with Eabametoong First Nations Chief and Council, and will also visit areas of interest within the community, that recently declared a State of Emergency.

Eabametoong First Nation Chief Lewis Nate says; “Today is a historical day in our community, as it is the first time we have had such honorable visitors come to Eabametoong First Nation, and we welcome them.  This is an opportunity for our people tell their story, and be heard. The visit is a strong indication that our community is in desperate need of assistance. ”

Eabametoong First Nation is a remote, fly-in only community of more than 1200 people located in Northern Ontario. On October 22nd 2010, the First Nation declared a State of Emergency following a series of violent crimes that have caused community members to fear for their personal safety.

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