An unprecedented event has just happened in Canada. Mary Simon is appointed Governor General on July 6, 2021. She became the first Aboriginal woman in this prestigious position.His appointment followed the discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of children near former Indian residential schools. An event that shook the country.
Canada wrote a new page in its history on July 6, 2021, Mary Simon, an Aboriginal woman named Governor General. A strong symbol at a time when Canada faces dark pages of its past. She became the first Aboriginal woman to represent Queen Elizabeth II. She is thus the representative of the British monarch, Canada’s reigning head of state.
Mary J. May Simon was born on 21 August 1947 in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec, to an Inuk mother and an English father. She was a radio host at the CBC and served as vice-president and president of Makivik between 1978 and 1985. Mary Simon explained her commitment: “I firmly believe that if we accept our common humanity and our responsibilities to each other, Canada’s best days are yet to come.”
She replaces Richard Wagner, making her Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces.
For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, this appointment is significant because it allowed Canada to “take an important step”.
Mary Simon’s name is now inscribed in the history of the country. This appointment will also allow the Canadian people to forget their differences in order to live in perfect harmony.