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1977: Prince Charles in Alberta

The Story

Prince Charles has learned a lot about Indigenous 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.

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

Did You know?

• 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 Indigenous 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 to 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. 




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