Statement by the Honourable Bernard Valcourt on the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763

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 objectives.

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."

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Final Agreements and Related Implementation Matters
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System

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Treaty Land Entitlement
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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

For further information:

Minister's Office  
Erica Meekes
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt

Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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