OTTAWA, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development, issued the following statement today on the
occasion of the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763:
"The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was a critical milestone in the relationship between First Nation
people and the Crown. It established the beginnings of the
treaty-making process through which historic treaties were negotiated, covering much of what is now Canada, and through which
Canada and First Nations continue to negotiate land claims (or modern treaties) today.
In setting out a new basis for relations between the Crown and First
Nation people, the Royal Proclamation influenced Canada's evolution in
lasting ways, culminating in the historic constitutional recognition of
First Nation rights. These rights were enshrined in the highest law of
our land with the passage of the Constitution Act, 1982.
The Government of Canada is committed to improving the conditions to
create healthier, more prosperous and self-sufficient Aboriginal
communities. The successful negotiation of modern treaties and
self-government agreements leads to solutions that balance the rights
of all concerned and promote greater certainty, accountability and
transparency, which ultimately lead to greater economic opportunities
for Aboriginal communities.
Treaties and treaty relationships provide the basis for forward looking
partnerships. Our government recognizes that treaties are the highest
expression of a respectful, living, breathing relationship that compels
us to work together to find practical solutions which meet common
While the Proclamation may be 250 years old today, it remains as
relevant as ever to our understanding of the evolving Crown-First
Nations relationship. It is in a spirit of recognition and
reconciliation that Canada continues to work with First Nation partners
to build on and revitalize this historic relationship.
The Government of Canada is committed to improve living conditions and
generate economic development for First Nations. I personally hope that
you will join me in commemorating this anniversary, as it continues an
important dialogue about the way forward for First Nation people and
all Canadians based on the knowledge of our shared history."
You may also be interested in:
250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763
Treaty-Making in Canada
Treaties with Aboriginal People in Canada
Economic Benefits of Modern Treaties and Self-government Agreements
Final Agreements and Related Implementation Matters
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System
Indian Residential Schools:
Indian Residential Schools General Information
Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
First Nation Lands:
Treaty Land Entitlement
Additions to Reserves (ATR)
First Nations Land Management Regime
This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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