Little is being said about it but Governor General Mary Simon stripped Johnny Issaluk of his Order of Canada on the weekend.
“The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General does not comment on the specifics of cases, but can confirm that the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, an independent advisory body, has concluded that there were grounds for termination,” wrote Josephine Laframboise, a spokesperson for the office, to Kivalliq News.
Issaluk, from Chesterfield Inlet, received the honour in 2019 for his work as an actor and athlete.
He had come under fire in early 2020 after accusations of sexual assault and acting inappropriately from Nunavut filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril came to light on social media.
Issaluk penned a letter in Nunatsiaq News following the social media firestorm, expressing his regret for the pain caused.
No definitive reason has been given for why he has now been stripped of the order.