Media Advisory: Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Speak to Significance of 250 Years of Royal Proclamation

OTTAWA, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - On October 7, the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation by King George III, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will host a press conference reflecting on the ongoing significance of the relationship between First Nations and the Crown (now Canada), why the Royal Proclamation and its principles are still relevant today and the action required to move forward. Notably, October 7 is also the same day that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples arrives in Canada.

DATE:   Monday October 7, 2013
TIME:   10:00 a.m. EDT
National Press Theatre
150 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON

A number of events will take place in Ottawa and across Canada on October 7, commemorating the anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763.  Events in Ottawa include a sunrise ceremony and a public reception in the evening at the Museum of Civilization.  In London, UK, AFN Regional Chief Perry Bellegarde and representatives from the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will hold a sunrise ceremony and other events on October 7.  On October 8, National Chief Atleo will be in London to attend a reception at the High Commission and will deliver a keynote address at Oxford University on October 9.

For more information on events marking 250 years of the Royal Proclamation visit

The Assembly of First Nation is the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.

SOURCE: Assembly of First Nations

For further information:

Jenna Young AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401; 613-314-8157 or OR Alain Garon AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or


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