After 50 years of rocking out and writing songs that shaped decades and generations, Six Nations of the Grand River rocker Robbie Robertson graced a stage he had never graced before when he received the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall May 27.

Canada recognized the 67-year-old singer/songwriter for his contributions to Canadian culture and heritage and his incredible songbook that contain many great hits.

Rising to fame in the 1960s as the front-man for The Band, Robertson is responsible for such songs as The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Up on Cripple Creek.

An international star, Robertson has been quoted on many occasions saying he was most influenced by the Native American music he heard on his home reserve when he would return there with his mother during the summers of his childhood.