Canada's Governor General, David Johnston, has apologized for calling Indigenous peoples in Canada "immigrants." Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS Johnston made the bizarre comment in an interview with CBC Radio's The House while discussing Canada's 150th anniversary. "We're a country based on immigration, going right back to our, quote, Indigenous people, unquote, who were immigrants as well, 10, 12, 14,000 years ago," Johnston said. Jonathan Goldsbie @goldsbie "Quote, Indigenous people, unquote" is not something you want to hear from Canada's Governor General: 04:43 PM - 18 Jun 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Johnston also talked about the importance of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, but his remark about immigration did not go over well with many people. People found the whole thing pretty baffling. tanya tagaq @tagaq .@GGDavidJohnston did you really call indigenous people immigrants? 12:15 PM - 18 Jun 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "We. Have. Been. Here. Forever." Jesse Wente @jessewente Quick tip for the GG and others who would put us in quotes: We. Have. Been. Here. Forever. 11:39 PM - 18 Jun 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "Indigenous" and "immigrant" are pretty much exact opposites. Douglas Hunter @DWHauthor Lest people cannot appreciate this, there's a world of difference between deep-time human migration and "immigration" 01:58 AM - 18 Jun 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Some were more explicit. "I'm so sick of this shit," tweeted comedian Ryan McMahon. Ryan McMahon @RMComedy Anishinaabe have been in my home territory for 9,000 - 11,000 years. How the fuck is 300 years here even relevant? I'm so sick of this shit. Sun Jun 18 23:09:08 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite McMahon pointed out that the Governor General — as the Queen's representative in Canada — holds a position that makes his remarks more significant, and cause for "righteous anger and fury."Indigenous peoples in North America have a direct relationship with the Crown, going back to the Royal Proclamation of 1763. Johnston later called the whole thing a miscommunication. "Our Indigenous peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land," he tweeted... David Johnston @GGDavidJohnston And I want to clarify a miscommunication. Our Indigenous peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land. Mon Jun 19 13:25:05 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite ...although even that was problematic. Veldon Coburn @VeldonCoburn We are not 'your' Indigenous peoples, either. We are not your possession. https://t.co/lNQYFwk7M0 03:12 PM - 19 Jun 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "We don't belong to you." Rachel Perkins @Si_Si_Gwa_d We don't belong to you. There is no "our." Try again. https://t.co/PX0ymo2W9w 04:17 PM - 19 Jun 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Johnston apologized at a ceremony on Monday recognizing Indigenous leadership. Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS "The better country we desire is above all more inclusive: one that supports, respects, encourages and acknowledges the contributions of all peoples, including Indigenous peoples, the original peoples of this land," Johnston said in his opening remarks."And let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently: Indigenous peoples are the original peoples of this land."