Prince Charles and Camilla to kick off three-day Canadian tour in St. John's today

Charles and Camilla arrive

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be in Newfoundland and Labrador's capital today to begin a three-day Canadian tour focused on Indigenous reconciliation and climate change.

The royal couple will visit the provincial legislature where they will be welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. Gen. Mary Simon before heading to Government House, which is the official residence of Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote, the Queen's representative in the province.

There they will take part in a reconciliation prayer with Indigenous leaders at the Heart Garden, which was built to honour Indigenous children who attended the province's residential schools.

Leaders from four of five Indigenous groups in the province will be there. Johannes Lampe, president of Labrador's Inuit Nunatsiavut government, will be at a swearing-in ceremony for his newly elected members.

Elders and residential school survivors will also attend the event, which will include a smudging ceremony, musical performances, a land acknowledgment and a moment of silence.

Charles and Camilla will then tour Quidi Vidi, a former fishing community in the east end of St. John's, before heading to Ottawa and, finally, to the Northwest Territories.

England first established a colony in Newfoundland in 1610, and the island remained under British rule until it joined Canada in 1949 along with Labrador and became the province of Newfoundland. A 2001 constitutional amendment gave the province its current name.

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