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Gord Downie appointed to Order of Canada for work on Indigenous issues

OTTAWA—Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie was among 29 people honoured by Gov. Gen. David Johnston on Monday for their work in raising awareness of Indigenous issues.Downie, wearing his trademark feathered hat and weathered denim jacket, stumbled slightly and then embraced Johnston before being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada at the Rideau Hall ceremony.The singer and social activist, diagnosed last year with an incurable form of brain cancer, was being recognized for his efforts to bring attention to the history of residential schools and to advance the cause of reconciliation.Read more: Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologizes for referring to Indigenous people as immigrantsArticle Continued BelowPrime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the dignitaries in attendance and applauded as Indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle was named an officer of the order.Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie hugs Gov. Gen. David Johnston after receiving the Order of Canada in Ottawa on Monday. Downie, who announced last year that he has terminal brain cancer, has become a strong advocate for Indigenous people and issues.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Governor General David Johnston pins the order of Canada on Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.   (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Tragically Hip singer Good Downie congratulates Sylvia Maracle on being invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watches as Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie is invested into the Order of Canada.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Johnston acknowledges Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson before presenting them with the Meritorious Service Cross on Monday.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Johnston presents Hovak Johnston with the Meritorious Service Cross on Monday.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Johnston presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Inuit NHL player Jordin Tootoo on Monday.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugs actor and singer Tom Jackson following his speech at an awards ceremony Monday in Ottawa.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  Jacqueline Guest, a staunch literacy advocate with Métis roots, was inducted as a member of the order while others received honours including the Meritorious Service Decoration, the Polar Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.They included Inuit NHL player Jordin Tootoo, Jarret Leaman, an advocate for Indigenous LGBT youth and actress and former Liberal MP Tina Keeper.

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