The Opening Ceremony & Banquet

 
masters in canoe©Peter Puna The opening ceremony and banquet were at Fort William Historical Park. One of Canada's premier historical sites, the Old Fort is a recreation of the Great Northwest Trading Company post on the Kaministikwia River. The Masters arrived, like the company VIPs of 1815, by canoe.
 
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arrival by canoe
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arrival by canoe
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©Peter Puna on dry land
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welcome song
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The first thumbnail shows Masters Eddie Wu, Zeng Nailiang and Chen Zhenglei helping the Old Fort paddlers. The second photo shows Masters Wu Wenhan, Ma Hailong, Yang Zhenduo and Sun Yongtian and translator Su Jing. The third photo shows three masters disembarking and the last one show the hand drummers, ....., welcoming the masters.

Entertainment

native dancers©Peter Puna The entertainment that preceeded the official speeches included the Thunder Mountain Spirit Drummers and the Yang Ger Ribbon Dancers
ribbon dancers
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Official Speeches

Consul General
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Mr. Xu Cai
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Consul General, Ms Chen Xiaoling brought greetings on behalf of the People's Republic of China. Mr. Xu Cai, retired chair of China's Wushu Federation brought greetings
 
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MPP Michael Gravelle
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Mayor Peterson
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©Peter Puna MP Ken Boschkoff
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Patricia Lang
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The first thumbnail - Michael Gravelle, MPP.
Thunder Bay's Mayor Lynne Peterson
Thunder Bay-Nipigon MP, Ken Boshcoff and SCNU President Wang Guojian
Confederation College President, Patricia Lang


delegates and guests
Outside the main gate of Old Fort William after the Opening Ceremony. To purchase and 8.5 x 11 (minus the copyright logos)
 

 

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