Crown-First Nations Gathering - Photo Gallery

January 24, 2012 marked the historic Crown-First Nations Gathering where the Governor General, Prime Minister Harper and National Chief Atleo met to strengthen the enduring importance of their relationship.

Image 1: His Excellency, the Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston; Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo; the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper. Prime Minister of Canada, en route to Crown-First Nations Gathering opening ceremonies, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 2: Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, greet the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, before start of Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 3: Elders Dave Courchene, Clarence White and Clifford Skead serving as drummers for the Treaty 3 Drum during the Drumming Ceremony, at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 4: First Nation Veteran Percy Joe carrying the Canadian Flag at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 5: A RCMP Officer singing the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 6: Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo; the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Algonquin First Nation Elder Bertha Commanda; and his Excellency, the Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada participating in the smudging ceremony during the Opening of the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 7: A First Nations Chief during the opening prayer at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 8: First Nation Chiefs participating in the opening prayer lead by Algonquin Elder Bertha Commanda, at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 9: First Nation members displaying a Wampum belt they are giving as a gift to His Excellency, the Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 10: Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada sitting on stage a at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 11: A diverse group of First Nations Chiefs, wearing their traditional headdresses, in the audience at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 12: The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, leaving the podium after his speech at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 13: Assembly of First Nations BC Regional Chief, Jody Wilson-Raymould addressing the audience at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 14: Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Matthew Coon Come, addressing the audience at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 15: The Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs giving his speech at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 16: Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo giving his speech at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.

Image 17: The Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; and Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo in the audience at the Crown-First Nations Gathering, Ottawa, January 24, 2012.