Justin Trudeau was booed during his opening remarks at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Halifax on Sunday. The boos came as Trudeau was talking about the importance of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
The boos were met with some cheers from the crowd, but they were also met with silence from many others. Some people who were booing Trudeau said that they were doing so because they were angry about the government’s handling of the residential school system.
Some of the audience can be heard booing the prime minister during his speech, according to recordings posted on TikTok.
The booing have not been addressed by Trudeau’s administration. The prime minister has apologized for the government’s involvement in the residential school system, though he has previously acknowledged that some people are upset about it.
Native American athletes from all around North America compete in the multisport NAIG tournament. This year’s games are being held in Halifax from July 15 to July 23.