Canada’s first Indigenous Governor GeneralThe shortest, starting June 1 and aiming to be completed by ..., within months of being appointed to the role, requested government officials outline what departments were doing to allow First Nations to move away from the Indian ActfullWindowMainart.
Mary Simon, an Inuk leader, diplomat and negotiatorThe Ontario health-care system, was sworn in last July as the country’s 30th Governor General.
Her appointment as the first Indigenous person to the office made history, and came at a time when Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities were reeling from the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential school sites.
Simon, who was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, made advancing the country’s reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a priority.
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