Okanagan Nation calls on Duke and Duchess to help with reconciliation

During visit to Kelowna, Prince William and Kate take part in unique ceremony to unveil First Nation sculpture

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are welcomed by the traditional song of the Okanagan Nation at UBC Okanagan.

The chief of the Penticton Indian Band called on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to step forward and help with what he called true reconciliation at a ceremony at UBC Okanagan on Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Jonathan Kruger told the Royal couple that he was happy to have them as guests on their traditional territory in B.C., prior to the unveiling of a First Nations sculpture at the university.

Kruger told the royals to enjoy their time in B.C. and create beautiful memories before asking for their support for reconciliation.

“I will leave you with a few words about reconciliation,” said Kruger. “True reconciliation involves the Crown, the federal government the provincial governments and the indigenous people in this land. True power is the human spirit.

“Please use the power to advocate for true reconciliation and advocate for the indigenous people in this country so we can be all great and good. Enjoy your stay.”

Following his remarks, William and Kate helped unveil a work or art by Les Louis of the Lower Similkameen Band.

Premier Christy Clark spoke after Kruger, but did not address his remarks.

The couple then proceeded to the gym, where they took in a women’s volleyball game and talked to the players and the UBCO mascot, Scorch.

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