Governor General David Johnston has apologized for calling indigenous people “immigrants.”
The apology came at Rideau Hall – during a ceremony honouring leadership on indigenous issues.
In delivering his apology , Johnson was referring to his comment during a CBC weekend interview where he said “we’re a country based on immigration, going right back to our, quote, indigenous people, unquote, who were immigrants as well, 10,12,14,000 years ago.”
At the Rideau Hall ceremony Johnston said, “let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently. Indigenous peoples are the original peoples.”
Some 30 recipients, including Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie were honoured in Ottawa.