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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Canada: Day One

29th June 2017

Their Royal Highnesses arrive in Iqaluit

Their Royal Highnesses arrive in Iqaluit

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began a three-day tour of Canada that sees them celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

The Commonwealth country has been marking the milestone with national events this month that will culminate in Canada Day this Saturday - with Their Royal Highnesses invited to the party.

The royal trip will highlight the four themes of Canada150 - diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, young people and the environment.

Their visit began in Iqaluit, the remote capital city of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, which is close to the Arctic Circle.

His Royal Highness learned about the steps to preserve the Inuit language and receive a brief lesson in how to speak it and the local culture. The Prince gave a speech, speaking a few phrases of the local language Inuktitut, saying "Ullukkut", meaning "good day", and "Quviasuttunga iqalunnuurama", meaning "I'm happy to be here in Iqaluit".

At a separate event, The Duchess was a guest at a women and wellness reception.

To finish off Day One, Their Royal Highnesses jointly attended a community feast at Sylvia Grinnell territorial park, where they watched local performances, artists at work and joined elders for tea and bannock, an Inuit flat bread.

 

A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales, at the official arrival ceremony, Nunavut, Canada

Published on 29th June 2017

Governor General, Your Honours, ladies and gentlemen. Ullukkut (good day). Quviasuttunga iqalunnuurama (I'm happy to be here in Iqaluit). My wife and I could not be more delighted to be back in Canada.  Arriving here today brings back the happiest of memories, chiefly because this is where I began my first visit to this great country almost fifty years ago.  I have never forgotten the warmth of the welcome from the Inuit people, which made me feel instantly at home, as indeed I have with all Canadians on my subsequent visits.

My wife and I are very much looking forward to joining the great national celebration of the modern nation of Canada, established 150 years ago.  But we will not forget that the deep connections between the United Kingdom and the Inuit go back more than 400 years.

The lessons of history are both profound and enlightening.  Sir Martin Frobisher’s first visit here was to Baffin Island, in 1576.  He was looking for the fabled Northwest Passage and a new trade route to the riches of Asia. Instead, he found a people and their Arctic culture, living in harmony with Nature. Today, the Northwest Passage, impassable when Frobisher first came here, is becoming a deeply worrying reality as the results of human activity warm even this remote ocean.  This same warming is, tragically, bringing rapid and damaging changes to the Arctic way of life that has sustained the lives of the Inuit since long before Frobisher arrived here on his quest. 

Each time I visit Canada I see the strength and resilience of the pe ...

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