Calling it the ‘greatest day of my life,” Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie was honoured by an Assembly of the First Nations today (Tuesday) in Gatineau.
A very emotional Downie, who was adorned with a ceremonial robe and other gifts was also honoured with the name “Man Who Walks Among the Stars” by the gathering of chiefs in a special hunka ceremony. He called for more reconciliation to help heal the wounds left by residency schools.
“We must become one. We must walk down a path of reconciliation. Together, forever.”
Downie, who is fighting brain cancer, released a solo album this fall called the “Secret Path.” The album re-told the story of a young native boy named Chanie Wenjack who tried walking hundreds of kilometers to get home from a residency school in Ontario’s North in the 1960’s.
The journey resulted in the boy freezing to death.
Downie, also used the “final” Hip show to address this issue on stage to close out the highly rated CBC live telecast (from Kingston) as he personally addressed the Prime Minister and asked him to lead us into a better future together.
Prime Minister Trudeau also attended the ceremony and spoke.