Reilly: First Nations deserve more gratitude and respect
Barry Cooper’s assertion that aboriginals have no claim to sovereignty seems to ignore the royal proclamation of 1763. George III proclaimed the rights of aboriginal people and prohibited the acquisition of Indian land without the intervention of the Crown. This was one of the reasons for the American Revolution in 1776. Our neighbours to the south wanted to be free to acquire Indian lands by force. They gained that right by armed rebellion and the establishment of their sovereignty.