The Tragically Hip wrapped up their cross-country Man Machine Poem tour on Saturday night in Kingston, Ont. and have quickly moved on to a vacation up north. Lead singer Gord Downie and his band, along with author Joseph Boyden, celebrated the end of their tour by taking a fishing trip along the James Bay Coast, as CBC News reports. They were led along the coast by aboriginal guides.
During the Hip's Kingston show, which CBC broadcasted and streamed live to 11.7 million people across the country, Downie used his platform to bring indigenous issues to the forefront. "It's going to take us 100 years to figure out what the hell went on up there but it isn't cool, and everybody knows that," Downie said. He went on to praise Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, who was in attendance that night, for his efforts to improve indigenous communities, adding that he "is going to take us where we need to go. We've got the guy to do it, to start, to help."
Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Bruce Shisheesh responded to those comments by thanking Downie for bringing attention First Nations people and added that he hopes Trudeau will visit Attawapiskat soon. "He stated that he would visit our community, our lovely home," Shisheesh said in a video.
Downie posed for some pictures when he arrived in northern Ontario on Monday including the one below, which was captioned, "Oh. MY. GORD."