Gov. Gen. Mary Simon is going home
Next week’s visit to four Nunavik communities is her first since taking the vice-regal post last year
Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and her husband, Whit Fraser, will travel to four Nunavik communities in a tour through the North next week.
The trip will be Simon’s first visit to her place of birth and her home community since she became Governor General last July.
Rideau Hall published her itinerary in a media advisory Thursday evening.
Simon, Canada’s first Indigenous governor general, is scheduled to spend a day in Kangiqsualujjuaq, where she was born, but will be spending most of her time in her hometown of Kuujjuaq, according to the official itinerary.
On May 9, she is scheduled to visit the Isuarsivik Recovery Centre, Jaanimmarik High School and the Tusaajiapik Elders’ Home. Her agenda includes a meeting with Kuujjuaq Mayor Mary Johannes and Inuit landholders.
On May 10, Simon is set to travel to Kangiqsualujjuaq where she will meet with local officials and Ulluriaq School students, attend a community gathering and cultural performances, and visit a family home and the Kuururjuaq national park visitor centre.
On May 11, she will fly to Kangiqsujuaq, where she will meet with students at Arsaniq School, the mayor and elders. She will also attend a cultural performance and visit Pingualuit National Park. She and her staff will then fly to Inukjuak and spend the night in the community.
On May 12, she will meet with Inukjuak’s mayor, students and the Unaaq Men’s Association. She will also attend a cultural performance, as well as a feast at the Sirivik Food Centre.
On May 13, the final day of the trip, Simon will spend the day back in Kuujjuaq where she will visit Kajusivik Adult Education.
Simon’s appointment was historic as the first Indigenous governor general. Her installation came six months after her predecessor, Julie Payette, resigned from the office following a workplace harassment investigation.