During the December 2011 Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa, a special session was held to gather ideas and approaches for the Gathering. Some details remain to be confirmed and a series of Communiques (this being the first) will be developed to share information as it becomes available. One immediate outcome of the discussion during the Special Chiefs Assembly is convening an advance session for First Nations to come together in Ottawa on January 23rd, 2012.

This pre-gathering day will assist in organizing efforts for delegations and speaking opportunities.