25 September 2013
Aboriginal Justice: Breaking
News – CPT invited to accompany delegation to Britain
and faith leaders in Canada have invited Christian Peacemaker
Teams (CPT) to
accompany a delegation to Britain from 2-9 October, 2013, marking the Royal
Proclamation of 1763.
Proclamation of King George III was an attempt following the
Seven Year’s War
to set policy for the new British territories in North America.
proclamation is significant for recognising a form of
for First Peoples, including the Crown’s need to secure consent
settlement or expansion.
the Canadian Constitution recognises “existing aboriginal and
the government continues to neglect the need for consent for
First Nations peoples, contributing to widespread land-rights
United States, the protection from predatory settlement offered
by the Royal
Proclamation was one of the causes for the American Revolution,
broke away from imperial Britain to pursue expansion unfettered
with the First Peoples.
campaigners involved in the
resistance to shale
gas extraction recently referenced the Royal Proclamation in an
request for the Queen’s intervention. The team will support this
connect with UK
delegation to the UK intends to meet with religious and
political leaders in
the UK, such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Canada’s High
Queen Elizabeth II, a descendent of George III. As well as
relationships between the Crown and First Nations, this trip
attention to failures in that relationship, as most recently
expressed in the
Idle No More movement, which has called for a day of action on
and supporters in the UK are invited to follow updates on the AJT
Facebook Page or to
contact the team (details
below) for more information.
1) Buffalo Shout,
Salmon Cry, (Herald
Press 2013) page 38-42
2) Treaty rights ‘recognised
and affirmed’ by Canada’s
It was important that CPT was able to send representatives on short notice after it received the invitation from indigenous leaders. We need to have a reserve of funds so that we can respond to requests such as these. They go a long way toward building alliances and trust.