OTTAWA, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Land Claims Agreements Coalition is
pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David
Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be delivering an opening
address at the Creating Canada symposium, to be held October 7, 2013 at
the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Federal Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development Minister The Honourable Bernard Valcourt will also
be addressing the participants with comments on behalf of the federal
government. The Symposium marks the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763. This legal
touchstone established a requirement for honourable dealing with
Aboriginal peoples, and was the basis for subsequent treaty
negotiations across Canada.
"It is an important step for the Governor General to represent the Crown
in its relationship with Aboriginal peoples in Canada," said Mitchell
Stevens, President of the Nisga'a Lisims Government and co-chair of the
Coalition. "I am also pleased that Minister Valcourt has agreed to
present us with his views on this important occasion."
Fellow co-chair and President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Cathy Towtongie
added: "This event is an opportunity to improve everyone's
understanding of the history behind modern land claims agreements."
She added that "the negotiation of land claims agreements is part of
the history of Canada, going as far back as the Proclamation. They must
be honoured and fully implemented."
Aboriginal leaders from across Canada will attend, as well as academics
from Canada and the United States, who will discuss the past and
present significance of the Royal Proclamation. The event has attracted
close to 300 registrants to date, and seats are still available. For
more information, including a list of speakers, background information
and the schedule for the day, visit www.landclaimscoalition.ca.
SOURCE: LAND CLAIMS AGREEMENTS COALITION
For further information:
Patti Black, Coordinator, Land Claims Agreements Coalition
cell: 613-453-0788, email: firstname.lastname@example.org