Aboriginal issues at the Charlottetown Congress


May-June 1992: Congress at Charlottetown

The Canadian Indian/Native Studies Association, a Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) member, petitions the SSFC to host a Learned Societies Congress on Aboriginal issues. This correspondence follows several international conferences on 500 years of “contact” between Europeans and First Nations in North and South America. While the Congress receives relatively little media attention, it closely precedes the Charlottetown Accord, a meeting on proposed amendments to the constitution pertinent to Aboriginal people in Canada. The Charlottetown Accord is agreed upon on August 28, 1992 but defeated by a referendum later in the year.