Governor General Announces New Appointments to the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced six new appointments to the Order of Canada. New appointees are Sylvia Maracle and the members of The Tragically Hip.

Ms. Maracle and Mr. Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip will accept their insignia as part of a special presentation of Canadian honours in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Rideau Hall. The ceremony's full list of recipients and their citations are published in a separate media advisory. The other members of The Tragically Hip will receive their insignia at a later date.

Sylvia Maracle, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her leadership in shaping the urban Indigenous experience and for her efforts to promote the well-being of Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Rob Baker, C.M., Gord Downie, C.M., Johnny Fay, C.M., Paul Langlois, C.M.,
and Gord Sinclair, C.M.
Kingston and Toronto, Ontario
Members of the Order of Canada

For their contribution to Canadian music and for their support of various social and environmental causes.

About the Order of Canada
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order in the last 50 years. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM ("They desire a better country"). Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. Throughout the year, the Order of Canada's 50th anniversary will be celebrated through a host of special initiatives and partnerships. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: Media information: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166 (office), 613-852-3248 (cell),

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