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Royal Proclamation 250th Anniversary Commemoration


Royal Proclamation 250th Anniversary Commemoration

Monday, October 7, 2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the issuing of the Royal Proclamation under the authority of King George III.

The Proclamation is referred to by legal scholars as "the Indian Magna Carta"– representing the first time that Aboriginal title was recognized by a European power and laying the foundation for a constitutional relationship between the Crown in Canada and "the Indian Tribes of North America", who were specifically referred to as "nations". The Proclamation marked the official launch of the Treaty Relationship in what was to become Canada.

The Union of Ontario Indians is planning a ceremonial event at the head office on Hwy. 17 West to commemorate the significance of the Royal Proclamation. The event will invite North Bay educators, students and political leaders to the event where Anishinabek Nation Elder Gordon Waindubence will give a teaching on the 1764 Covenant Chain Wampum Belt, signifying the importance of Treaties to the peaceful settlement of Canada.

The Union of Ontario Indians will also launch a new publication – made possible by the support of

Ontario's Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs – called "Nation to Nation: a resource on treaties in Ontario".

What: Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation, “Nation to Nation” book launch

Who: Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare, Elder Gordon Waindubence, “Nation to Nation” book editor, Maurice Switzer.

When: Monday, October 7, 2013 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)

Where: Union of Ontario Indians head office, Hwy. 17 East

Both “Nation to Nation” and the previous publication “We are all Treaty People” will be available at Gulliver’s in North Bay, at the Nipissing University/Canadore College Campus Bookstore, the Union of Ontario Indians head office or online at goodminds.com.

The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

For more information contact:

Marci Becking, Communications Officer

Phone : 1‐877‐702‐5200 Cell : 1‐705‐494‐0735

Email : becmar@anishinabek.ca 




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