Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Order of Canada-Downie-Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Order of Canada-Downie-Update

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OTTAWA - Governor General David Johnston has apologized publicly for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants.

Johnston spoke as he bestowed honours on 29 people -- including the frontman of the Tragically Hip -- for their efforts in furthering indigenous causes.

He told the investiture ceremony he misspoke when he said during a C-B-C Radio interview on the weekend that the roots of Canadian immigration extend all the way back to include indigenous people.

The comments touched off a flurry of criticism on social media, where some listeners complained that Johnston's remarks reflected a deep-seated colonial mentality.

Johnston told the gathering that he did not express himself correctly, and says that "Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples of this land."

The Governor General prefaced his apology by saying all of Canada's inhabitants should be encouraged to create a better Canada. …

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