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Canada’s First Indigenous Governor General – Inuit Leader Mary Simon

Ottawa – (With files from CBC/CP/MSN/Wikipedia) – Mary Simon, an Inuit leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada’s next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role.

Born August 21, 1947 in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, Northern Quebec), Simon is Canada’s Governor General-designate, former Canadian diplomat and current fellow with the Arctic Institute of North America. Early in her career, she was a producer and announcer for CBC North, and later entered public service as secretary of the board for the Northern Quebec Inuit Association. Simon was Canada’s first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, and was a lead negotiator for the creation of the Arctic Council. She also later served as ambassador to Denmark.

Mary Simon/uarctic.org

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