Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Commemorates the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation
(OTTAWA) October 7, 2013 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief, Betty Ann Lavallee, CD, (Ret’d) today issued the following statement to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 issued by Great Britain’s, King George III.
“The intent of the Royal Proclamation was to ensure that the early colonists understood that they first needed go out and negotiate with Canada’s First Peoples; the true owners of the land, and that no decision regarding the sharing of land and resources would be made without their consent,” stated National Chief, Lavallee. “The Royal Proclamation was the catalyst that laid the foundations for treaty negotiations, land claims and self-governing agreements with Aboriginal Peoples.”
“This commemoration also serves to provide Canadians with a great learning opportunity to understand and recognize a significant time in Canadian history as the Proclamation was the foundational document that helped shape modern-day Canada and its relationship between Canada’s First Peoples.”
Chief Lavallee restated her conviction and belief that Canada must keep its commitments that were made to Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. “We still have a long way to go to respect the intent of the Royal Proclamation. Promises were made to keep the peace, and treaties were then negotiated between Canada and its First Peoples with respect to the sharing of our lands and resources. I want to be very clear to say that we were never a conquered people. That is why we must sit down at the table together and form partnerships for the betterment of everyone.”
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Since 1971, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Formerly known as the Native Council of Canada) has been the National Representative Organization and the National Voice for the constituency and their Affiliate Organizations making up the Congress’ family of advocates for the Off-Reserve, Non-Status, and Status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit Aboriginal Peoples living in urban, rural remote and isolated areas throughout Canada. Today, over 70% of Aboriginal Peoples live off-reserve.