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Mary Simon Appointed as Canada’s First Indigenous Governor General

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Mary Simon Appointed as Canada’s First Indigenous Governor General

Mary Simon was named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Canada’s next governor general. Her appointment came as Canada reckons with the discovery of hundreds of unmarked Indigenous graves, mostly children on the sites of former church-run schools.

“Frankly, we need more leaders like Ms. Simon in high office, people who understand what it means to take on real issues and create positive change. And that’s exactly what brings us here today. This morning, I can announce that on my recommendation, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment of Ms. Mary Simon as the 30th governor general of Canada.” “Let me begin by conveying in the strongest possible terms that I am honored, humbled and ready to be Canada’s first Indigenous governor general. I would also like to thank Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for placing her trust and confidence in me to represent her in this wonderful country of ours. I can confidently say that my appointment is a historic and inspirational moment for Canada, and an important step forward on the long path towards reconciliation. This is a moment that I hope all Canadians feel part of because my appointment reflects our collective progress towards building a more inclusive, just and equitable society. The past is something that we have to come to terms with. But I am going to look forward to ensure that Canadians together will build a better Canada.”

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