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Snow throws wet blanket on Governor General's visit to First Nation's community in Saskatchewan


Johnston's tour began Tuesday in Prince Albert with a walk-about at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts and a meeting with 400 students
Johnston's tour began Tuesday in Prince Albert with a walk-about at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts and a meeting with 400 students

The Canadian Press

October 10, 2012 — Blowing snow has delayed Governor General David Johnston's planned visit to a northern Saskatchewan aboriginal community.

Snow is expected to continue through Thursday morning; Photo courtesy of Tracy Knudsen - Porcupine Plain, SK
Snow is expected to continue through Thursday morning; Photo courtesy of Tracy Knudsen - Porcupine Plain, SK

Johnston is supposed to meet with elementary and high school students from the Hatchet Lake First Nation.

A community feast is also scheduled as well as a tour of the Rabbit Lake uranium operation.

Officials say there may yet be a chance for Johnston to fly into the community in a Twin Otter for a much shorter visit - but only if the weather co-operates.

A handful of First Nations chiefs and war veterans met with Johnston on Tuesday at the Prince Albert Grand Council.

Veteran Emil Highway said he was thrilled to meet the Queen's representative in Canada.

Fellow vet Norman Henderson said he is hopeful Johnston's visit will bring good things to Saskatchewan's north.

"I look forward to a better situation than we have now," said Henderson.

Grand Chief Ron Michel said it's important the Governor General hear from northern bands about the issues that matter to them.

"Things are happening, and we're just not being treated as we thought we would be through the treaties."

Some chiefs have talked about renewing ties with England.

"One of the things that the chiefs have expressed is maybe making a trip to London to go and see the Crown and discuss some of the issues that are with us," said Michel.

Johnston is to wrap up his three-day visit Thursday with celebrations in Regina to mark the 100th anniversary of the legislature.

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