Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Lunch with Stan Beardy

Talk about posts going viral. I had lunch with Stan Beardy today. Chief Beardy is the elected grand chief of 133 chiefs of the First Nations in Ontario. This post had come to his attention, and since he was in town (to meet Kathleen Wynne, actually), we got together on Queen Street.

One thing you don't hear much about treaties, he told me, is there are two sides.

We talked about the 250th anniversary, next October, of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, in which the Crown committed itself to treaty relations with the First Nations of British North America. The government of Canada does not seem to have commemoration of that in its schedule. But it needs to be observed.