Royal Proclamation

1763-2013

October 7, 2013 will mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation which led to the Treaty of Niagara one year later. While some view the Proclamation as merely a pre-cursor to colonization, it is also widely viewed as setting the foundation for Treaty-making between First Nations and the Crown (now Canada), an approach that was to be based on partnership, mutual respect and mutual recognition and something that remains absolutely relevant today.

The Royal Proclamation and the Treaty of Niagara have serious constitutional, legal and political imperatives for all of us that must be fully recognized and implemented in order to achieve justice for Indigenous Nations and a stronger country for everyone in this country. These anniversaries are an important opportunity to review the relationship between Indigenous Nations, Britain and Canada, and set a path forward based on the principles – of recognition, respect and partnership.

AFN encourages First Nations and all Canadians to take part in events this October and learn more about and reflect on the Royal Proclamation and its implications and linkages to the realities we all face today.

Full text of Royal Proclamation

 

Events

National Chief Atleo spoke to a packed room at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford on 9 October 2013, as part of commemorative events marking the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation. National Chief Atleo spoke to the priority issues facing First Nations in Canada, from education to resource development opportunities and the enduring requirement for recognition and affirmation of relationships to achieve fairness, justice and harmony. Listen to the podcast of his speech.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David JohnstonSpeech on the Occasion of a Reception for the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation
Gatineau, Quebec, Monday, October 7, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY: Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Speak to Significance of 250 Years of Royal Proclamation

Reception Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of Royal Proclamation - Museum of Civilization, Gatineau - October 7, 2013 - 5:30 p.m. RSVPs required.

FSIN Agenda and Information Package: Saskatchewan First Nations Delegation marking the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 Programme – October 4-7, 2013

Creating Canada: From the Royal Proclamation of 1763 to Modern Treaties – A Symposium on the Royal Proclamation of 1763, hosted by Land Claims Agreement Coalition – October 7, 2013, Canadian Museum of Civilization – Ottawa/Gatineau

A Critical Examination of the Honour of the Crown on the 250-Year Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation and the Treaty of Niagara, 25th Annual Fall Conference of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada – October 7-9, 2013, Casino Rama, Chippewas of Rama First Nation

“An Aboriginal Magna Carta” Roundtable and Launch of Canada Watch Special Issue – October 7, 2013,
3-5 p.m., York University, 305 York Lanes, Toronto
http://robarts.info.yorku.ca/2013/09/an-aboriginal-magna-carta-roundtable-and-launch-of-canada-watch-special-issue/

Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation, “Nation to Nation” book launch – October 7, 2013, 10 a.m., Union of Ontario Indians, North Bay, ON

 

AFN Press Releases

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Acknowledges Anniversary of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Calls for Action to Give Life to First Nations Rights – September 13, 2013

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Celebrates Action by First Nations for Positive Change, Encourages all Canadians to Learn More and Support Efforts – June 21, 2013

 

Related Links

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 – Chiefs of Ontario

Wampum at Niagara: The Royal Proclamation, Canadian Legal History and Self-Government, John Burrows, from Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Essays on Law, Equality, and Respect for Difference. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1997. 155-172.

The Kaswentha: Two Row Wampum

We Are All Treaty People

Canada and the First Nations: Cooperation or Conflict, Douglas L. Bland – May 2013

The Iroquois Are Not Giving Up: Confronted with a string of unfavorable court rulings, the Confederacy staged a 13-day demonstration to kickstart a social movement – THE ATLANTIC, Julian Taub – August 17, 2013

 

News and Opinions

Message from the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the 250th anniversary of the recognition of the rights of Aboriginal peoples

FSIN publishes itinerary of events marking the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 in London – October 3, 2013

Key document between Crown and First Nations on display at Museum of Civilization – Ottawa Citizen, Peter Robb – September 19, 2013

Symposium will mark 250th Anniversary of "Legal Touchstone" for Aboriginal Canadians – September 16, 2013

The sestercentennial of King George III’s Proclamation – Manitoulin Expositor – September 11, 2013

Harper not learning from ‘mistakes of the past’ – Anishinabek News – May 10, 2013

The Royal Proclamation and its Approach to Competing Cultures – Law Now: Relating Law to Life in Canada, Brian Lannan – August 30, 2013

Assembly of First Nations