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Mary Simon is sworn in as Canada’s first Inuk Governor General

Mary Simon was officially sworn in as Canada’s 30th governor general and is the first Indigenous person to hold the position.

Mary Simon is an advocate for Inuit rights and culture in Canada. She has represented the Inuit to the Canadian government and the United Nations, including work that led to the Inuit people’s inclusion in the Constitution in 1982.

Born in Kangisualuujjuaq, Nunavik (Quebec), Mary moved with her to Kuujjuaq, where she attended a federal day school. Mary’s father was an Englishman and a fur trader with the Hudson’s Bay Company and her mother was an Inuk. After Mary completed the sixth grade, she was homeschooled by her father.


Mary Simon officially becomes Canada’s first Inuk Governor General

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