October 7, 2013
Message from the Governor General of Canada on
the Occasion of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation
OTTAWA—The 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation is an important occasion for all Canadians—Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike.
Issued by King George III on October 7, 1763, the Royal Proclamation showed the way forward for the country that would become Canada. It established the tradition of treaty-making, laid the basis for the recognition of First Nations rights, and defined the relationship between First Nations and the Crown. Its principles of peace, fairness and respect have guided us through the past two-and-a-half centuries, shaping modern-day Canada.
This document is part of the legal foundation of Canada, and its relevance continues to this day. Enshrined in our constitution, the Royal Proclamation formally recognizes a fundamental truth about Canada: that we are stronger when we respect one another’s differences and when we work together.
The principles that underpin the Royal Proclamation represent our country at its best. I encourage all Canadians to learn about this essential part of our history, and to renew our commitment to partnership as we look ahead to the future.
Rideau Hall Press Office
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