Canada appoints First Indigenous Governor General

  • Canada on 6th July 2021 appointed the first Indigenous governor general in its 154-year history.
  • Mary Simon, the 30th Governor General will serve as the Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Canada.
  • Simon, an Inuit from northern Quebec and a former diplomat who has served as an ambassador for the Arctic, has been a champion for her people's rights.
  • The governor general's role is mainly ceremonial, but she is the queen's representative to Canada and she does have power, but in reality she follows the direction of the prime minister.
  • About Inuits: They are an Indigenous people, the majority of whom inhabit the northern regions of Canada. An Inuit person is known as an Inuk. The Inuit homeland is known as Inuit Nunangat, which refers to the land, water and ice contained in the Arctic region.