Bobby Drygeese With The Royals, William and Kate

Aboriginal ties to Royal Family

Many among the aboriginal community feel the historic tie with the Royal Family. One of the drummers who have been practising for weeks ahead of the demonstration for the couple is Bobby Drygeese, who comes from a long line of Dene chiefs.

He hopes the performance will help William and Kate appreciate that “this is our land; this is what we grow up with.”

More than a century ago, Drygeese’s ancestors negotiated the first treaties in the area, and his grandfather was chief when the Queen visited the Northwest Territories in the 1970s, when the Dene community was trying to get a road built.

“He talked to the Queen,” Drygeese said of his grandfather, “and the Queen told them to build a road here. So they built the road. It was really good my grandfather did that.”

The relationship with the Royal Family is “rich and it goes deep,” said Shawn Atleo, grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations. “And it is a very sacred one, in fact.”

He hopes the royal visit will inspire First Nations youth to take a closer look at their treaty rights established with the Crown.

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