Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, to visit Nk'Mip Resort and the Osoyoos Indian Band, in Osoyoos BC

    Note: Private event. Not open to public.

    Open to media. (Some restrictions apply. Media interested in covering
    this event should arrive no later than 2:10 pm) Please RSVP to Leeann
    Clemens 604-904-9793 cell 604-603-9394 or

    OSOYOOS, BC, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable
Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Monsieur Jean-Daniel Lafond,
will visit Nk'Mip Resort on January 22 where they will be greeted by Osoyoos
Indian Band chief Clarence Louie and Vincor Canada president and CEO Jay
    Their Excellencies visit Osoyoos as the last stop of their first visit to
the Okanagan Valley to meet with representatives of the wine industry. Rideau
Hall, the Governor General's residence and workplace, is committed to
showcasing the excellence of Canadian wines. Their Excellencies are keen to
learn about all aspects of the wine industry and especially the wine culture
in the Okanagan region.
    Nk'Mip Cellars is one of the premier wineries in the Okanagan that is a
joint-venture between the Osoyoos Indian Band and Vincor Canada.
    While at Nk'Mip Resort, Their Excellencies will meet and pay their
respects to Chief Louie, and learn more about the projects of the Osoyoos
Indian Band, which in addition to Nk'Mip Cellars, include the Desert Cultural
Centre and Spirit Ridge Resort. As part of the visit, they will tour the
Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre with Chief Louie and Charlotte Saunders.

    Tuesday January 22, 2008
    Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

    The Osoyoos Indian Band's land base consists of over 32,000 acres of
British Columbia's most beautiful land with stunning vistas, rich agricultural
lands, and some of the last large tracts of desert lands left in Canada. As
part of the Okanagan Nation, these are a strong, independent and proud people
with a rich heritage. The Osoyoos Indian Band has always been progressive and
the people have continued to change with the times. The Band manages
businesses with annual budgets in excess of $l7 million and administers its
own health, social, educational and municipal services. The Osoyoos Indian
Band Membership is approximately 450, with the majority of the Band Members
living on the Osoyoos Indian Reservation.

    Note to Editors and Assignment Desks:

    Media are invited to participate in the photo opportunity upon their
Excellencies' arrival and then depart, or may follow along during the tour of
the Desert Cultural Centre for candid photo opportunities.
    Driving Directions from Kelowna & area: By Road: Drive south on Hwy. 97
and follow Hwy. 3 East to Osoyoos. At Osoyoos, turn left on Hwy. 3, which is
also Main Street in Osoyoos. Continue on Main Street/Hwy 3 over the bridge
then turn left on 45th Street and follow the signs to NK'MIP Resort.

For further information:

For further information: Please RSVP to Leeann Clemens, (604) 904-9793,
cell (604) 603-9394 or

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