Prince William got a lesson in both colonial history and modern politics from First Nations leaders Monday night in Victoria when he participated in a politically charged ceremony.

William and Kate attended a VIP reception hosted by the B.C. government, where William added a ring of reconciliation to the Black Rod.

The ceremonial staff, which was created in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is used in the legislature when the monarch or her provincial representative is present.

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