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Recognition of Outstanding Indigenous Leadership

Governor General Presented Honours in Recognition
of Outstanding Indigenous Leadership

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented honours in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership to 29 recipients during a ceremony on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Rideau Hall. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was in attendance, along with other dignitaries and special guests. Recipients were recognized with one of the following honours: the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division), the Polar Medal, or the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

“I am delighted to be honouring some of the country’s most dedicated and talented Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders at this special ceremony at Rideau Hall,” said the Governor General. “These individuals are working in myriad ways to strengthen urban and rural Indigenous communities, to raise awareness of Indigenous histories, cultures, achievements and concerns, and to create an environment in which reconciliation is possible. This ceremony represents one more step toward a more fair, just and dynamic country.”

This is the first of several special presentations that will recognize individuals for their grassroots-level engagement, their contributions to the nation or their work towards achieving reconciliation in communities across the country. Subsequent events will be held by lieutenant governors and territorial commissioners across Canada throughout 2017.

A media schedule for the ceremony, background information on the honours being presented during the ceremony (Annex A), and a list of recipients and their citations (Annex B) are attached.

Recipients and Citations

One receipient is of note for ‘Namgis, Bill Cranmer. Congratulations Bill.


William Cranmer
Alert Bay, British Columbia

Dedicated to the preservation of Indigenous culture, Chief Bill Cranmer was instrumental in repatriating potlatch artifacts that were confiscated by the Canadian government in the 1920s, and in founding two cultural centres in British Columbia to preserve and exhibit these sacred items.