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Ditta, Northwest Territories – Royal visits are usually distinguished by pomp, carefully written ceremonies, and lavish evening affairs. And there was certainly some of that during a three-day visit to Canada by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, including a glittering reception in Ottawa at the official residence of Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Canada.

But on Thursday, the last day of the royal tour, The tone will likely be more subdued when Charles and Camilla visit the Northwest Territories.

The couple will be heading to the Aboriginal community in the far north, Yellowknives’ Denny First Nation, where history with the British monarchy was painful.

There is a century-old treaty that society says the Crown has violated. And there is the bleak legacy of now-defunct Canada that is obligatory Residential School System For Aboriginal children, for which religion is partly responsible for the Crown.

Unlike previous Canadian stops, when the couple arrives at Yellowknives Dene First Nation Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET, there will be no red carpet or other festival at the airport. They will step on the cobbles, and when they meet the Aboriginal leaders there will be difficult questions.

The government in Ottawa outlined Charles’ itinerary on his Canadian tour, including his visit to Yellowknives, underlining the extent to which the country’s history of discrimination against Aboriginal people has become a major political issue.

In April, Pope Francis issued First direct papal apology Indigenous to the Roman Catholic Church’s role in boarding schools. He plans to visit Canada in July to make the same apology in person.

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Edward Sangres is a religious leader who is expected to meet Charles and Camilla, in the small village of Ditta. According to him, the visit of a future Commonwealth king to a small Aboriginal community is an act of reconciliation that affirms Aboriginal demands for justice.

On Monday, the couple attended a reconciliation event in Newfoundland County, where they met Marie Simonthe first Aboriginal person to hold the position of Governor-General of Canada, the Queen’s official representative in Canada.

Charles, in the historic city of St. John’s, Newfoundland, said, “I know that our visit here this week comes at an important moment, as indigenous and non-indigenous peoples across Canada are committed to thinking honestly and openly about the past and forging a new relationship for the future.”

Chief Sangres, 68, was among thousands of children sent to boarding schools. It was a Catholic-run institution in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, until his father defied the authorities and stayed home.

He declined in an interview to discuss his experience there, but said that the schools – which had become a national scandal and which a government commission found to be a form of”cultural genocideIt might be a topic for conversation.

“This is one way of reconciliation,” said Chief Sangres. “Although they are not directly responsible for the harm and pain that has occurred, they are indirectly responsible for the actions of the Canadian government.”

Given that Charles is not yet king, leader Sangres said he does not expect an apology from Charles on behalf of the royal family.

Charles and Camilla Dita’s visit is scheduled to last one hour. The couple will also stop in the regional capital Yellowknife for meetings with members of a special military reserve unit in remote northern communities, and visit the remnants of a fast-melting glacier road to discuss climate change.

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President Sangres said he recognized the Canadian government’s responsibility and role in Aboriginal affairs, but believed that the monarchy’s symbolic role in making treaties also made it responsible for subsequent abuses.

In addition to the grievances about Aboriginal schools, religion believes that the compensation they receive in exchange for allowing it Mining projects on their traditional lands are less than they should be under the treaty with the Crown.

Leader Sangres said the royal visit was unlikely to resolve this dispute or address other critical debt issues, including the severe housing shortage. Chief Sangres’ father met Charles in 1970, when Charles and his mother, Queen Elizabeth, visited the Yellowknives. Chief Sangres also met them, and said that many issues raised at the time remained unresolved.

“I don’t know what it will bring us,” Chief Sangres said of Thursday’s royal visit.

In general, this is a time of tension over the monarchy’s role in the former British dominance abroad. Separate tours of the Caribbean this year for Prince Edward, brother of Charles, and Prince William, son of the future king, She was the target of protests Against the monarchy and Britain’s brutal historical involvement with slavery.

In Canada, Charles did not face such vociferous public opposition. But polls show that More and more Canadians want an oath of allegiance to another British monarch, as the institution seems increasingly irrelevant to their lives.

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