UPDATED October 19, 2017 9:24am ET
Reaction across Canada, including the political world, was swift and emotional following the death of singer and songwriter Gord Downie.
Downie, the 53-year-old singer and songwriter with The Tragically Hip, passed away Tuesday after announcing in 2016 he had brain cancer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to reporters before Wednesday’s Liberal caucus meeting, followed by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and a raft of tributes of MPs before question period:
From Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario:
— NishnawbeAski Nation (@NANComms) October 18, 2017
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde reacted on Twitter to Downie’s death: “Our hearts break on news of the passing of Wicapi Omani, “Walks Among the Stars”, Gord Downie an ally & friend … Prayers for him on his journey and prayers for strength and peace for his family.”
On Dec. 6, 2016, the AFN honoured Downie’s work with Indigenous peoples at a special ceremony in Gatineau, Que.
December 2016: The AFN, honouring Gord Downie for highlighting the effects of residential schools, names him “Man Who Walks Among the Stars” pic.twitter.com/RLUxDYiulo
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) October 18, 2017
Watch the full ceremony:
Downie also received the Order of Canada in June as part of a ceremony to recognize outstanding Indigenous leadership:
TOP PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Gord Downie embraces former Governor General David Johnston after receiving the Order of Canada in Ottawa on June 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld