Honourable Judith Guichon addresses students in Gold River.
British Columbia’s 29th Lieutenant Governor is spending the week visiting several communities on northern Vancouver Island.
On Monday the Honourable Judith Guichon spoke to about 250 elementary and secondary school students in Gold River.
“My job is to make sure that the politicians keep civil society civil and that nothing happens that goes astray” she told the students gathered for an assembly at Ray Watkins Elementary School.
“I think it’s very exciting to for our community to see our queen’s representative come here. As you can see by today her love is the children” Gold River Mayor Brad Unger told CHEK News.
The Queen’s representative also has a long history with First Nations on Vancouver since first contact with Europeans in the 1770’s. It was Marsha Maquinna’s great grandfather eight generations ago who is said to have first welcomed British explorer Captain James Cook.
“Chief Maquinna welcomed Captain Cook into our territory at Yuquot also known as Friendly Cove, so that’s our history of the Queen and the Mowachaht First Fations people” she said.
“There is a special relationship between the monarchy and the first nations people. That’s who treaties were made with and therefore we have a role to intercede and to help work towards reconciliation” added Guichon.
The Lieutenant Governor travels to Port Alice and Port McNeill on Tuesday.