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