Royal Visit 2016: Symbolism of the Black Rod ceremony
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It has three symbolic silver rings on it, signifying the government of B.C., the government of Canada and Westminster. On Monday, The Duke of Cambridge will be adding a fourth and very culturally significant ring representing First Nations.
Watch below: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in Black Rod ceremony
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the leader of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said Monday he won’t be taking part or supporting the Black Rod Ceremony. He believes the federal government has made little progress improving the lives of First Nations, while the provincial government pushes ahead with projects opposed by aboriginal groups, such as liquefied natural gas developments and the Site C hydroelectric dam.
Watch above for an interview with the legislature’s Sergeant at Arms about the role he played in creating the Black Rod as a master carpenter, some of the most interesting details about the rod and the significance of William’s gesture.
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With files from The Canadian Press
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