Mary Simon becomes Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General
Inuk leader takes over as Queen’s representative as Canada grapples with reconciliation, residential schools’ legacy and COVID-19 pandemic
Mary Simon, an Inuk woman from Nunavik, became Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General Monday during a ceremony in Ottawa.
The Governor General is the Queen’s representative of Canada and acts as the country’s head of state. It’s a largely ceremonial position, but the Governor General’s approval is the last step before a federal bill becomes a law.
Simon will also be responsible for dissolving Parliament before an election and for reading the Throne Speech that outlines the government’s legislative agenda before any new parliamentary session begins.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau selected Simon earlier this month to fill the vacancy created by the resignation earlier this year of former astronaut Julie Payette.
Payette left the Governor General post amid allegations of bullying and turning Rideau Hall into a toxic work place.
Nunatsiaq News will have full coverage of Simon’s installation at nunatsiaq.com.