Actor Leonardo DiCaprio paid tribute to First Nations and indigenous people during his acceptance speech at the 73rd annual Golden Globes Sunday night.
DiCaprio, who won a Golden Globe as best dramatic actor for his role in The Revenant, dedicated his award to the First Nations communities and indigenous people.
“I want to share this award with all the First Nations people represented in this film, and all the indigenous communities around the world,” DiCaprio said. “It is time we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people out there to exploit them.
“It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations,” the 41-year-old actor said.
The film, based upon Michael Punke’s novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, stars DiCaprio as 19th-century fur trapper Hugh Glass, who seeks revenge on the men who left him for dead after a Grizzly bear attack.
The Revenant used hundreds of First Nations people from several reserves for the film which was shot in several locations in Alberta and B.C.
Following his speech, the actor and environmentalist received praise online for his tribute to Canada’s First Nations and indigenous people.