By Marie-Danielle Smith THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Gov. Gen. Mary Simon announced Thursday 99 people including five First Nations people are being appointed to the Order of Canada. A new officer in the order is Harry LaForme, who became Canada’s first Indigenous appellate court judge in 2004. While serving on the Ontario Superior Court in 2002, LaForme authored an important decision that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ontario, finding that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated their equality rights. Gay marriage became legal in Ontario a year later. “It was quite an easy decision for me to make,” he said. “The clarity comes from living a life of being oppressed and being denied rights.” LaForme spoke about growing up on a First Nation reserve, living
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