First Nations, environmental issues draw William and Kate to Great Bear Rainforest

Prince William’s personal interest in conservation and endangered wildlife protection will be front and centre when the royal couple visit B.C.’s Central Coast today.

The royal couple will travel north for an aerial tour of the Great Bear Rain Forest and a visit to the Heiltsuk First Nations community.

When they touch down around noon, they will be greeted with a traditional welcoming ceremony and a cultural sharing ceremony at the Bella Bella Community School.

After that, they will walk to the Elders Lodge, where William will mark the dedication of the Great Bear Rainforest as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative.

Then they’ll take a boat tour of McLoughlin Bay before returning to Victoria for an evening reception at Government House hosted by the Government of B.C.

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A Kermode bear, better know as the Spirit Bear is seen fishing in the Riordan River on Gribbell Island in the Great Bear Rainforest of the Central Coast of B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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