William and Kate in Haida Gwaii
|The abandoned villages of Haida Gwaii|
The royal couple are planning to visit Haida Gwaii and paddle a canoe at Skidegate, where they will be presented with a Haida paddle, specially commissioned from Haida artist Yaahl `Aadaa. I wonder if they will even begin to comprehend the special significance of the gift. The paddle symbolises working together for a common aim. The paddle also symbolizes the relationship and responsibilities of governments to First Nation people. The British don't have a very good record on that, so far.
If you want to read the story of what happened in British Columbia and get a glimpse of the spectacular beauty of the country, perhaps you'd like to read 'Travelling to the Edge of the World', which can be ordered from Amazon or through Igram or i-Books. It was a life-changing experience for me, but I doubt that William and Kate will be allowed any real contact with either the people or the environment.
Travelling to the Edge of the World, with full colour photographs, is £10.95 (paperback) bought from the Book Depository, (via amazon), £3.99 on Kindle, and £18.99 as an amazon paperback. In the USA and Canada it's available from Ingram, Nook and Barnes and Noble, as well as the i-Book platform.