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An act that formally declares to the general public that the government has acted in a particular way. A written or printed document issued by a superior government executive, such as the president or governor, which sets out such a declaration by the government.


noun announcement, annunciation, declaration, decree, decretal, edict, edictum, exclamation, fiat, mandate, manifesto, message, notification, official pubbication, promulgation, pronouncement, public announceeent, public avowal, public notice, publication, recitation, rescript, statement
See also: adjudication, avouchment, canon, charge, charter, command, communication, declaration, decree, dictate, directive, disclosure, divulgation, issuance, notice, notification, order, ordinance, publication, publicity, report, statement

PROCLAMATION, evidence. The act of causing some state matters to be published or made generally known. A written or printed document in which are contained such matters, issued by proper authority; as the president's proclamation, the governor's, the mayor's proclamation. The word proclamation is also used to express the public nomination made of any one to a high office; as, such a prince was proclaimed emperor.
     2. The president's proclamation has not the force of law, unless when authorized by congress; as if congress were to pass an act, which should take effect upon the happening of a contingent event, which was to be declared by the president by proclamation to hive happened; in this case the proclamation would give the act the force of law, which, till then, it wanted. How far a proclamation is evidence of facts, see Bac. Ab. Ev. F; Dougl. 594, n; B. N. P. 226; 12 Mod. 216; 8 State Tr. 212; 4 M. & S. 546; 2 Camp. Rep. 44; Dane's Ab. eh. 96, a. 2, 3 and 4; 1 Scam. R. 577; Bro. h.t.

PROCLAMATION, practice. The declaration made by the cryer, by authority of the court, that something is about to be done.
     2. It usually commences with the French word Oyez, do you hear, in order to attract attention; it is particularly used on the meeting or opening of the court, and at its adjournment; it is also frequently employed to discharge persons who have been accused of crimes or misdemeanors.

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The Privy Council did not accept the view that the Royal Proclamation had been superseded by the Quebec Act of 1774; rather, the legality of the Proclamation was upheld and all the rights Amerindians possessed stemmed from the Royal Proclamation.
Miller calls the "first stage of Upper Canadian Treaty-making" (32) between the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the beginning of the War of 1812, Great Britain acquired all the land along the Great Lakes and other boundary waters in southern Ontario.
Why were the Royal Proclamation of 1869 and other important historical documents, which were analyzed in great detail by the trial judge in Caron & Boutet, not raised or considered at all in either Mercure or Paquette?
Statutes were more often supplemented by royal proclamations than revised and reissued.
Although judges have often referred to the Royal Proclamation when affirming the inalienability of Aboriginal title, (10) it is nonetheless clear that a common law basis for the rule exists as well.
Walker casts the Royal Proclamation of 1763 in the same light as the Indian Act, emphasizing how the founding constitutional instrument of British Canada imposed an imperial monopoly over all future transactions with Native peoples involving commerce in furs, whiskey, and land title.
Even without a royal proclamation, this is still the case in most households in France.
To that end, they have called for a Royal Proclamation by the Queen--`a major, symbolic statement of intent, accompanied by the laws needed to turn intentions into action'.
This form of politeness is so prevalent in New York and Los Angeles that if a performer in any venue earns an income that can be counted in eight figures, he or she becomes, as if by royal proclamation, an artist.
Ottawa--Addressing what it described as a "cultural genocide" inflicted for over a century on Canada's Aboriginal peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on June 2 issued 94 wide-ranging "Calls to Action," including the creation of a National Council for Reconciliation, a Royal Proclamation and a Covenant of Reconciliation.
The letter talks about Canada's nation-building history, the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and Peace and Friendship Treaties, the British North America Act, 1867, the Canadian Constitution of 1982, the Indian Act of 1876 and "systemic policies, programs, imposed legislations and institutional violations that are characteristic of racism.
The October 7, 1763 Royal Proclamation, as its 250th anniversary approaches, is justifiably hailed as the genesis of first peoples' singular, identified status within the Canadian constitutional structure.