Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nation

October 03, 2013 10:00 ET

FSIN Publishes Itinerary of Events Marking the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 in London

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2013) - The FSIN released their itinerary of events today as their delegation departed for London. While in London, the members of the delegation will participate in a number of activities over four days throughout the city.

"We want to promote awareness and common understanding of the importance and relevance of relations between First Nations and the Crown. We want to talk about those relations globally," said Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the FSIN, who will be leading the delegation.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • Friday October 4th (6:00 p.m.: University of London). Public talk by Chief Perry Bellegarde: we agreed to share the 'depth of a plough': the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights in Canada. Hosted by Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study
  • Saturday October 5th (11:30 a.m.: Great War Memorial: Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London). Wreath-laying and Pipe Ceremony honouring First Nations loyalty and defence of the Crown. Officiated by: Lt. Col. the Rev'd Dr. William Beaver, Officiating Chaplin, Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the FSIN Delegation
  • Monday October 7th (10:00 a.m.: Green Park). Pipe Ceremony marking the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763. Officiated by the FSIN delegation

"The Royal Proclamation is important to us because it marks the first time that the Crown recognized our title to and jurisdiction over lands and territories as Indigenous peoples," added Chief Bellegarde. "People will be marking October 7th in different ways. We decided to go to London because that is where the original document rests, and from whence the original relationship emanated. We want to broaden the dialogue by including as many people as possible during our visit," concluded Chief Bellegarde.

The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact (North America):
    Mervin Brass
    Executive Director of Communications (FSIN)
    Direct Line: (306) 956-1026 or Cellular: (306) 220-7187
    mervin.brass@fsin.com
    www.fsin.com

    Delegation Contact (UK):
    Valeria Galley
    Intergovernmental Relations (FSIN)
    +11 (613) 293-4806
    (as of October 2, 2013, please text for an immediate return)