Tom Peace makes an excellent case over at Active History for why we should be seriously considering the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763. Of course, he says, we shouldn't only be doing this on anniversaries, but it would be a good start.
As I noted in a post last week, there are lots of reasons why Harper and Mulcair both don't want to think too carefully about 1763 and to invoke its ghosts.
As Alan Cairns said back in 2000 (referring to the post White Paper period), we are in unchartered territory. The way forward isn't clearly mapped out. But it involves looking back to where we have been, and perhaps reconsidering what it meant to be there. 1763 is part of that.