By Joan G. Fairweather
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The young are still trained in public speaking. In the potlatch, the famous Introduction 5 The Right Reverend Stan McKay, Moderator of the United Church of Canada (1992–94). ³² The Inuit of Canada’s northern regions share this tradition. Despite an educational system seeking to replace Inuktitut with English, Inuit isolation from mainstream society has worked in their favour. ³³ When the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en brought their case to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in May 987, they refused to be silenced by standard court protocol and conventions.
On the east coast, the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet nations reportedly numbered thirty-ﬁve thousand people in 534, according to the French explorer, Jacques Cartier. Also well populated was the fertile area around the Great Lakes in Southern Ontario and upstate New York, home of the Iroquois nation, who are estimated to have numbered about sixty thousand. But in contrast to scattered populations in the plains and river valleys, the west coast indigenous population was largest of all. The Gitxsan, Wet’suwet’en, Nisga’a, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwagiulth, Tsimshian and many other nations developed sophisticated technologies to exploit the rich natural resources of ﬁsh (especially salmon) and game.
An important outcome of the Pontiac war was the Royal Proclamation of 763, which set a boundary line between white and native America along the Appalachian chain. The Proclamation, signed by King George III, has been hailed as a “Magna Carta” for North American Indians. ³⁸ The Land and the People ◉ c hapte r on e 35 While the British were motivated at least in part by genuine fear of reprisals from the powerful Indian nations that surrounded them, the Royal Proclamation clearly recognized the inherent rights of aboriginal peoples to their ancestral territories.
A Common Hunger: Land Rights in Canada And South Africa (Missing Voices Series) by Joan G. Fairweather