Media Advisory – Crown-First Nations Gathering

Please be advised that the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and other representatives of the Government of Canada will meet with Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and a delegation of First Nations Chiefs to discuss key priority areas, such as: Strengthening the Crown-First Nation Relationship and Enabling Opportunity; Unlocking the Potential of First Nation Economies; and Realizing the Promise of First Nations Peoples.

Event: Crown-First Nations Gathering

Date: January 24, 2012

Time: Registration to begin at 7:00 AM.

Location: 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON

Accreditation and Registration:

Entry is restricted to journalists accredited through the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery. For more information on accreditation, contact Terry Guillon, Chief of the Press Gallery, at 613-992-4511 or

Media representatives wishing to pick up their accreditation ahead of time will be able to do so at the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery office, located at 150 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario. The accreditations will be distributed in the 6th Floor Boardroom of the Press Gallery. A valid photo ID will be required in order to obtain your pass. The hours of operation will be as follows: Monday, January 23, 2012 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Please note that on the day of the event, media accreditations will also be available for pick-up on site.

Media Opportunities:

For planning purposes – Subject to change

  • 7:00 AM Registration and Set-up. Entrance for media through side doors and media equipment through the back entrance
  • 8:30 AM Arrivals of VIPs
  • 9:00 – 10:30 AM Opening Ceremonies including Keynote Address
  • 10:50 AM – 11:30 AM Speeches
  • 3:50 PM Closing Ceremony and Remarks
  • 4:15 PM Closing prayer

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Yao
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable John Duncan

AANDC Media Relations Line

Assembly of First Nations
Alain Garon
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 382