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Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie inducted into Order of Canada

Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm EDT

Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie hugs Governor General David Johnston after receiving the Order of Canada in Ottawa on Monday, June 19, 2017. Downie, who announced last year that he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, has become a strong advocate for indigenous people and issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is among 29 people being honoured today by the Governor General for their work in raising awareness of indigenous issues.

Downie has being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

The singer and social activist was recognized for his efforts to bring attention to the history of residential schools and in the advancement of reconciliation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony.

Indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle was also named an officer of the order.

Downie’s band mates, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langois and Gord Sinclair have also been named to the order and are to receive their citations at a later date.