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Is the Royal Proclamation of 1763 a Dead Letter?

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By Brian Slattery The Royal Proclamation is now 250 years old.  Is it still relevant today?  Arguably not.  The document was drafted in London in the spring and summer of 1763 by a handful of bureaucrats and politicians.  It was part of a project to enforce British imperial claims to a vast American territory from which France had recently withdrawn. … Read more »

The Royal Proclamation – “the Indians’ Magna Carta”?

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By J.R. Miller Because its concluding paragraphs deal with First Nations and their lands, the Royal Proclamation of 1763 is sometimes referred to as “the Indians’ Magna Carta.” Many people regard George III’s policy for the new territories the United Kingdom had acquired following the Seven Years’ War as the guarantor of Aboriginal title law in Canada today. Its greatest… Read more »