Aug 23, 2016
By Michael Kramer
Leaders representing Canada’s indigenous community say they are stunned and grateful – to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie – for spotlighting First Nations issues.
Downie spoke passionately of the ongoing struggles in Canadian native communities – during the iconic band’s performance on Saturday in Kingston.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the audience – and Downie expressed fears that Canada’s threatened indigenous peoples are perhaps worse off today – than they have ever been.
The singer, who’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer – said he believed Trudeau could help bring about meaningful change – and called upon Canadians to be more mindful of northern affairs.
Indigenous leaders say Downie’s welcome words are yet another powerful call for change – that they hope both politicians and regular citizens will pay attention to.
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