Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the proclamation a "seminal document" in Canada's history and said the government's commitment to working with First Nations remains firm.
the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.
OTTAWA National Chief Shawn Atleo says this is a time of "convergence or collision" with the federal government, and the outcome will depend on whether First Nations and the feds work as partners on natural resource projects.
Royal Proclamation turns 250
The Idle No More movement which emerged in late 2012 with an overall agenda of improving life for aboriginals commemorated the anniversary with a day of action. and around the world.
Atleo made the comments during a speech to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation the document that established the constitutional relationship between the Crown and First Nations. He said there's still room for improvement in the relationship, but First Nations are well positioned to see some positive changes. "Where First Nations governments are strong, the treaties are alive and honoured and treaty making allows us to thrive."
The government has been cool toward UN observers checking up on Canada. The last time Canada's record on indigenous rights was looked at, the ensuing report was very critical.
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that could generate billions in revenue.
The Conservative government has focused on the natural resource development industry and it is required to consult with First Nations ahead of approving those projects. That's where Atleo sees significant opportunity for First Nations.
Atleo said the Idle No More movement has momentum.
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