The Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, will spend three days in northern Ontario this week, including an overnight visit to a remote First Nation.
The wife of the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, will be joining the Lieutenant Governor's wife on a three-day visit, starting Wednesday.
They will have stops in a fly-in First Nations community Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and North Bay.
The Countess and Ruth Onley will be accompanied by the Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Lieutenant Governor-designate Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and a delegation of women business and community leaders.
“This visit further highlights the Crown–First Nations relationship while acknowledging and celebrating aboriginal achievements and youth leadership,” stated a news release from the Lieutenant Governor's office.
“Notably, this delegation of women leaders representing the cultural, business, academic, and philanthropic sectors will have the opportunity to engage firsthand in exchanges with First Nations communities and leadership. “
In KI on Thursday, the group will visit with community and youth leaders, tour the community school, and have lunch with Chief Donny Morris and council. There will also be tours of the signing site of Treaty 9 (James Bay Treaty), the health centre, and other sites. The day will conclude with a traditional feast hosted by community members, and campfire discussion with youth leaders. The group will spend the night in KI.
In North Bay on Friday, the group will visit Nipissing University, attend a symposium on First Nations education and take part in a presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards.
This is the Countess’ twelfth visit to Canada and her first to a fly-in community in Ontario.