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David Ahenakew's Order of Canada membership revoked

July 11, 2005

OTTAWA–– In accordance with Article 25(c) of the Constitution of the Order of Canada, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada has recommended to Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, that Mr. David Ahenakew's membership in the Order be revoked. The Governor General has accepted the recommendation and has signed a revocation ordinance. The revocation is effective immediately and an announcement will appear in the Canada Gazette in the near future.

The Council decided to begin the formal revocation process at their regularly scheduled semi-annual meeting held on June 29, 2005.

Consistent with the policy and process on revocation, Mr. Ahenakew was informed in writing that he had the option to resign voluntarily, respond or contest the possibility of revocation. Irrespective of the outcome of the legal proceedings involving

Mr. Ahenakew, the Council considers that his actions have brought disrepute to the Order.

Until now, the Advisory Council has refrained from public comment on the issue to allow all relevant facts to be made public and to avoid any suggestion or perception of interference in the judicial process. The Council has furthermore refrained from public comments since its June 29 meeting to allow Mr. Ahenakew the opportunity to respond to its letter. 

The Chair of the Advisory Council, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, recused herself from all Council discussions and decisions on this matter.

Mr. Ahenakew was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada on December 18, 1978.

Information about the revocation process can be found on our website at /honours/nat-ord/oc/index_e.asp.


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Updated: 2005-07-11
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