CURRENT RESEARCH: Upholding the Spirit of the Royal Proclamation: An Analysis of Canadian Government Policy on Indigenous Land Negotiations


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This research situates the historical portrayal of the Royal Proclamation in the context of the modern treaty resolution process in Canada. A cross-time analysis of policy and legislative developments on land negotiations under the current Canadian government since 2006 is undertaken. This analysis focuses on trends and patterns that have developed through the introduction of bills and legislation, policy platforms, official government statements, and government responses and/or inaction concerning Indigenous land claims. I argue that the negotiation of land claims continues to be marred by inefficiencies, ineffectiveness and a perceived lack of fairness. The federal government is not honouring the spirit of the Royal Proclamation. In order to uphold the Crown’s fiduciary duty and the constitutionally recognized honour of the Crown, the Government of Canada must remedy its approach to land negotiations; a new approach must reflect the spirit of the Haudenosaunee two-row wampum.

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