Kingston’s The Tragically Hip and indigenous advocate Sylvia Maracle are among the latest 30 recepients of the Order of Canada.
(Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres)
The band’s lead singer Gord Downie and Maracle will receive their insignia Monday as part of a special presentation recognizing outstanding indigenous leadership.
The other band members will be invested at a later date.
Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair are being honoured for ”their contribution to Canadian music and for their support of various social and environmental causes”.
Downie, who’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, recently released a solo album ‘Secret Path’, that tells the story of Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack, an Ojibwe First Nations boy who died in 1966 after trying to walk home from a residential school in Northern Ontario.
Maracle, a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, is being honoured ”for her leadership in shaping the urban Indigenous experience and for her efforts to promote the well-being of Indigenous peoples across Canada.”