Mary Simon installed as Canada’s first ever Indigenous Governor General

“I felt that this position would help Canadians together with Indigenous people, working together … bringing people together to understand our unique history, our unique cultures and way of life.”

 

 

Mary Simon was officially sworn in as Canada’s next Governor General.

Simon, an Inuk from Kuujjuaq in northeastern Quebec, took her oaths on July 26 in a ceremony at the Senate chamber in Ottawa.

The Nunavik leader was named as the country’s 30th Governor General on July 6. She is the first Indigenous person to serve in the role.

The Governor General is the Queen’s representative in Canada and acts as head of state. 

Simon was greeted at the Senate building by an Indigenous drumming circle and accompanied by a traditional inuit drummer on her way into the chamber.  Inside, a traditional inuit oil lamp remained lit during the ceremony

Canada's new General General said she is humbled on her appointment

 

Simon's first speech focused on the themes of reconciliation and youth, as well as outlined her pledges to work to destigmatize mental health and promoting community led climate change solutions, including those in Arctic communities bearing the brunt of a warming climate

 

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