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1977: Prince Charles in Alberta

From the moment he was born at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 14, 1948, the world has known his name. He's Queen Elizabeth's eldest son, heir to the British throne, and his personal life has been making headlines for decades. So naturally, whenever the Prince of Wales visits Canada, the CBC is there.

Prince Charles has learned a lot about native Canadians on his 1977 Alberta visit. "The more he saw the conditions on the reserves, as he heard about poverty and alcoholism, the more changes he made in his prepared speeches," says the host of this 1977 CBC Radio clip, which features a formal speech by Charles at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Treaty 7. We also hear bits of informal speeches in which the prince makes jokes about the weather, odd gifts and his younger brother Andrew.
• Prince Charles's 1977 visit to Alberta took place from July 5 to July 9. He attended the Calgary Stampede and spoke at the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7.
  • Treaty 7 was an agreement between the Crown and several native tribes, including the Blackfoot and Stoney Indians, in what is now southern Alberta. It was signed in 1877. It established a specific area of land for the tribes live on (reserves), promised annual payments and/or various provisions from the Crown, and promised continued hunting and trapping rights on the tribes' surrendered lands. In exchange, the tribes gave up ownership rights to their traditional territory. It was one of 11 numbered treaties signed between 1871 and 1921. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Magazine
Broadcast Date: July 10, 1977
Guest(s): Prince Charles
Reporter: Ken McCreath
Duration: 5:52

Last updated: February 15, 2012

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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