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The Indian Chiefs Medal, presented to commemorate numbered Treaties 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, bearing the effigy of Queen Victoria.
The relationship between The Canadian Crown and Aboriginal peoples of Canada stretches back to the first interactions between European colonialists and North American indigenous people. Over centuries of interaction, treaties were established concerning the monarch and aboriginal tribes, and Canada's First Nations have, like the Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand, come to generally view these agreements as being not between they and the ever-changing Cabinet, but instead with the continuous Crown of Canada, as embodied in the reigning sovereign. As an expression of this association, aboriginal peoples of Canada and members of the Royal Family will regularly meet to celebrate milestone anniversaries, exchange ceremonial and symbolic gifts, and discuss treaty issues. Canada's aboriginal peoples have been described as "strongly supportive of the monarchy, – having a stong sense of "kinship" with the institution that takes on familial aspects – based on the history and substance of the relationship between them and the Crown, and the latter's inherent stability and continuity, as opposed to the transitory nature of populist whims. The affiliation between the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and that country's reigning monarch is said to be a mutual one; "cooperation will be a cornerstone for partnership between Canada and First Nations, wherein Canada is the short-form reference to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada.