A focus of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s three-day visit to Canada is their relationship with the indigenous population. In a speech, the royal now confirmed that he was dealing with a difficult past.
On their three-day visit to Canada, Prince Charles (73) and Duchess Camilla (74) have a special focus: the process of reconciliation with the indigenous population.
immediately after landing in newfoundland Prince Charles gave a speech at the Confederation Building, warning that it was time to face the darker and more difficult aspects of the past.
“It is with the utmost respect that my wife and I begin our journey to these homelands inhabited and cared for by indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit for thousands of years,” he began. “As we embark on this Platinum Jubilee journey that will take us from the newest member of the Union to one of the oldest communities in the North, and a capital city still steeped in history at the heart of a great nation – My wife and I look forward to hearing from you and hearing about the future you are working on.”
Remembering the victims of residential schools
After the speech, Charles and Camilla visited Hart Gardens on the grounds of Government House, which was built in memory of the victims of the residential schools’ boarding system. By the mid-1990s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children in Canada were separated from their parents and placed in boarding schools. In 2021, the bodies of hundreds of children from Canada’s indigenous population were found near former boarding schools. The Supreme Court of Canada classified the practice as cultural genocide.
Afterwards, Charles and Camilla toured, as well as photographs. show her instagram account, an art studio in the Quidi Vidi district. There he was shown the traditional craftsmanship of carpet production. Finally, the royals also visited Quidi Vidy’s brewery, the oldest craft brewery and the third largest brewery in Newfoundland.
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