California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been welcomed to British Columbia with an aboriginal ceremony of drumming singing and dancing.
Schwarzenegger was given three gifts from B.C. First Nations – a colourful blanket that was wrapped around him, framed native art representing a wolf and an elaborately decorated canoe paddle. The former bodybuilder and actor says First Nations are the original environmentalists and he says it’s important for California to work with its native Americans.
He says everyone should have equal opportunity to prosper.
Schwarzenegger says he’d been to Vancouver many times during his movie career and now he’s on a trade mission.
B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell was also on hand to welcome the governor, who has a full day of events on the West Coast.