Duke and Duchess welcomed by Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella
The Heiltsuk Nation focused on their youth, environment, and indigenous sovereignty when welcoming the Duke and Duchess to Bella Bella, as part of the couple's week-long tour of B.C. and the Yukon.
Tour organizers had to change plans several times because of the heavy rain. Their float plane tour of the Great Bear Rainforest and a boat ride around the bay had to be cancelled.
But ceremonies carried on inside the community hall with a cultural welcome presented by the Heiltsuk youth.
William and Kate took time to meet each of the hereditary chiefs, shaking hands and speaking with each in turn as they entered the hall.
The Heiltsuk youth shared several dances and songs with the couple, who were joined by by Premier Christy Clark, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and his wife Sharon, and the federal minister of justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould.
In a candid moment, Kate was swarmed by young children after the dance. She appeared to enjoy every moment of it, engaging directly with several of the young girls who came up to see her.
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