- Mary Simon was born in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec and is the former president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a national advocacy organisation
- Trudeau said Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has approved the appointment of her representative in Canada
An Inuk leader who has served as a Canadian diplomat was named the country’s first Indigenous representative of the crown on Tuesday – an announcement that comes in the wake of a scandal over the nation’s long mistreatment of indigenous people.
In naming the next governor general, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said ’it is only by building bridges” can the people of Canada move forward together.
“Mary Simon has done that throughout her life,” Trudeau said speaking at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.
“I know she will help continue paving that path ahead. And we will all be stronger for it. Today after 154 years, our country takes a historic step. I cannot think of a better person to meet the moment.″