The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Northwest Territories will join with the rest of Canada as we pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. February 6, 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. For only the second time in our history, we will honour the 60-year reign of a Sovereign.

The NWT will be hosting activities to commemorate this special occasion throughout 2012.

NWT Diamond Jubilee Year Celebrations

As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, NWT residents will be able to send congratulatory messages to the Queen by writing in one of two books. A video presentation of photos from past royal visits to the NWT will also be on hand to view. A second book and presentation will be set up in public locations in communities across the NWT throughout 2012. At the end of the year, both books will be forwarded to Buckingham Palace.

Fort Smith: The Congratulatory book will be available for signing at Town Hall during regular business hours starting on September 4 to October 2.

Yellowknife: The Congratulatory book is available for signing in the Foyer of City of Yellowknife during regular business hours until further notice.

This page will be updated as new dates and locations for the Congratulatory book become available in your community.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal

On February 6, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

In celebration of this event, a commemorative medal has been created by the Government of Canada to recognize the outstanding contributions of 60,000 Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. This medal program is one of the elements of the year-long Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Member of Parliament for the Western Arctic and the Senator of the Northwest Territories have been allocated a number of Diamond Jubilee Medals and are inviting the public to nominate NWT residents for this honour.

To download a copy of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal NWT Nomination Form click here.

To download a PDF copy of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Information and Wearing Guide, please click here.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive the medal, a person must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an outstanding achievement abroad that has brought great credit to Canada; and
  • must be alive on Feb. 6, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date.

Nomination process

Medal ceremonies will be organized throughout 2012 for recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II diamond Jubilee Medal. The first medal ceremony will take place on Feb. 7, 2012.

The following guidelines should be considered when submitting a nomination:

  • Awarding of the medal should focus on the achievements of people who have helped build the Canada of today, including seniors, volunteers, veterans and youth;
  • Candidates should have distinguished themselves from others in the same field through their achievements and sustained contribution;
  • Recipients should be highly respected individuals in their community;
  • List of recipients should be inclusive and represent the demographics of the region or community;
  • Selection process should be non-partisan and merit-based; and
  • Medal is to be awarded to individuals only.

Nominations may be made on the attached form and submitted by mail to the address below or by email to

NWT Diamond Jubilee Medal Program Committee
c/o Corporate Communications and Protocol
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Please provide nominations by May 1, 2012 for medals to be awarded in the spring and summer. Please provide nominations by October 15, 2012 for medals to be awarded in the winter.

Recipients will be selected from those nominated to meet the overall criteria of the program.

For additional information, please visit the Governor General’s website or send email to

Information for the Diamond Jubilee Medal design can also be found on the Governor General’s website.

Royal Visits to the NWT

July 4-6, 2011 - NWT Royal Tour by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to Yellowknife.

August 1994 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh) opened the new Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

July - August 1987 – His Royal Highness Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson visited Yellowknife before taking a canoe trip down the Thelon River.

1979 – His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales officially opened the new Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

July 1970 – Queen Elizabeth accompanied by Prince Charles and Princess Anne visit Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit), Resolute Bay, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik, Fort Smith, Fort Providence, and Yellowknife to participate in the NWT’s Centennial celebrations.

June 1967 – Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy visited Yellowknife and Hay River.

June 1959 – This was Queen Elizabeth's first major tour of Canada accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, which included all provinces and both territories.

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew also visited the NWT in 1983 with classmates from Lakefield College for a canoe trip on the Nahanni River and in 2007 for a canoe trip on the Coppermine River and in 2011 on the Horton River.

NWT communities that have hosted members of the royal family include Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk.

Holding your own Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Find out how you can hold your own event and receive funding from Canadian Heritage for your festivities. Diamond Jubilee Funding is available for community celebrations that will take place between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. The deadline for application under this second funding cycle is May 7, 2012. NOTE: When you access the application form online, please, disregard the deadline date indicated on the form. The deadline for submitting your application is May 7, 2012.

For more information on organizing an event Click here.

Let us know if you are hosting an event by sending an email to and we will post on our calendar of events.

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