On Monday, February 6, 2012, Métis National Council President Clément Chartier was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his leadership as President of the Métis National Council and advocating for Métis and Indigenous rights. During a private ceremony at Rideau Hall, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston the Governor General of Canada was accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in presenting President Chartier, and 59 other deserving Canadians with the medal at the inaugural presentation on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“It is an honour to have been selected to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal,” said President Chartier. “This medal recognizes the achievements and dedication to building a better Canada – to be recognized for pushing the Métis rights agenda forward is very special, but there is much work yet to do on this issue.”
The event marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne and will be presented to 60,000 distinguished Canadians during the next 12 months.