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Canada Now Has Its First-Ever Indigenous Governor General

Inuit rights advocate Mary Simon has been appointed to the position.

New Governor General Of Canada Is Mary Simon, Inuit Rights Advocate

Mary Simon is now the new Governor General of Canada, becoming the first-ever Indigenous person in the country's history to hold the position.

On July 6, Justin Trudeau announced that on his recommendation, Queen Elizabeth II approved Simon as the next Governor General.

"I am honoured, humbled and ready to be Canada's first Indigenous Governor General," Simon said in her first press conference. Simon has been an advocate for Inuit rights and culture for decades, representing the Inuit to Canada and the United Nations and working at various advocacy organizations since the 1970s.

She noted that her appointment to this position is historic, inspirational and an important step towards reconciliation. Simon also mentioned that she will work every day to promote healing and wellness across the country.

"As Governor General, I'm fully committed to setting and maintaining the highest possible standard of work and ethic in all aspects of my duties," Simon said.

Former Governor General Julie Payette resigned in January 2021 after an official review was conducted regarding the allegations of workplace harassment and bullying made against her in 2020.

"After 154 years, our country takes a historic step," Trudeau said of Simon's appointment. "I cannot think of a better person to meet the moment."

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