Health Minister Patty Hajdu was asked to defend Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's actions on Friday, after the prime minister travelled to British Columbia with his family on Canada's first-ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

It was found that Trudeau not only visited famed surf-town Tofino, but that he actively declined an invitation by the Kamloops-area First Nations, where 215 bodies of Indigenous children were discovered in May.

Hajdu, who herself attended ceremonial events for First Nations peoples, could not answer clearly why Trudeau did so.

The prime minister did, in fact, attend a ceremony for the launch of the new statutory holiday on Wednesday in Ottawa, which honours the "Indigenous children who died while attending residential schools, survivors, families, and communities affected by the legacy of Canada's residential school system."

Trudeau's itinerary for the next day, however, showed that he would be in Ottawa for "Private meetings," with no mention of travel to British Columbia. This was updated to reflect the truth, after much scrutiny from media.