SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, Jan. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The three
expeditions, comprised of more than 40 Canadian Rangers, have left the
province's three remote coastal regions (Nunavik, James Bay and the North
Shore) and are now converging towards Saguenay to regroup in Bagotville on
January 24 and 25.
Media are invited to the arrival of the James Bay and North Shore
expeditions Friday at 2:45 p.m. at the "Pont d'aluminium (Shipshaw) at Ville
Saguenay (Jonquière borough). Media will be greeted on the north shore of the
bridge. Land Forces Quebec Area and Joint Task Force East commander,
brigadier-general Christian Barabé will be present to welcome the Rangers and
meet with the media.
The Nunavik expedition, which left Kuujjuaq on January 15, arrived in
Bagotville on January 24. Upon reaching Quebec City, this expedition will have
covered a distance of 2000 km. The two other groups, who left Waskaganish and
Sept-Iles on January 20 and 23 respectively, will each have covered a distance
of 1500 km. The Canadian Rangers ,which include members of the Cree, Inuit,
Montagnais and Naskapis First Nations, will hit the trails for the final leg
of their journey through the réserve faunique des Laurentides on January 27 to
meet up with the Hurons-Wendat community on January 28, and finally the
population of Québec on January 29.
The Tribute by the Visitors from Northern Quebec will be the Canadian
Forces' first official activity marking the 400th anniversary of the founding
of Quebec City. Throughout 2008, the Canadian Forces will be hosting various
activities in honour of this milestone to commemorate the military's heritage
and historical presence in the city since its founding.
For further information:
For further information: on this activity, please contact major Carlo De
Ciccio at (450) 358-7099 ext. 6051 or at (450) 542-1102. For more information
on the 400th anniversary festivities visit www.quebec400.gc.ca.