Gord Downie, the lead singer of The Tragically Hip, was honoured by the Assembly of First Nations in 2016 with a Lakota spirit name, Wicapi Omani, which can be translated as "Man who walks among the stars," along with an eagle feather ceremony for his work spotlighting the impact of residential schools.
"Soon, in a few days, a couple of weeks, there's 150 years that Canada wants to celebrate, and I will personally then celebrate the birth of our country, celebrate the next 150 years. It will take 150 years or seven generations to heal the wound of the residential school. To become a country, and truly call ourselves Canada, it means we must become one. We must walk down a path of reconciliation from now on. Together, and forever. This is the first day of forever: the greatest day of my life, the greatest day of all of our lives. Thank you." - Gord Downie