Mary Simon becomes Canada’s first Indigenous Governor-General

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has announced the next Governor-General of Canada as Mary Simon. She has become the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Canada and the first Indigenous person appointed to serve in the capacity.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement is based on his recommendation to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her acceptance of the preferred candidate.
The Prime Minister described Ms Simon, who served as the Ambassador of Canada to Denmark, as a
“tireless advocate for Inuit rights and culture, and the rights of all Indigenous people.”
She held various leadership positions, including President of Makivik Corporation, which availed her the opportunity of promoting and protecting Inuit rights as seen in the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
Diplomat Mary Simon played a crucial role in strengthening the ties between the people of the Arctic regions nationally and internationally as the first Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs.
She is also into children affairs, given her foundation known as the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.
This selection has received wide applause given the recent clarion call for the spirit of inclusion, healing and reconciliation for the indigenous people of Canada.
The selection was informed by the advice of the Advisory Group on the Selection of the Next Governor-General.
The mandate was for the group to deliberate on a shortlist of Canadians who had distinguished themselves in the nation’s service for Prime Minister Trudeau’s consideration to occupy the exalted office.

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