On July 6, 2021, Her Excellency The Right Honourable Mary Simon was installed as Canada’s 30th Governor General. It was an historic moment in history for Inuit across Inuit Nunangat, and a huge moment for Ingenious peoples across the country as she is the first Indigenous person to be named as the Crown’s Representative in Canada.
Mary Simon grew up in Kangiqsualujjuaq and Kuujjuaq, Nunavik.
Until her appointment as Governor General, Mary Simon was the Senior Negotiator in the Nunavik political process of Self‐Determination with the Government of Canada. She is also a previous Makivik Corporation President, former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), and past President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). She was instrumental in the creation of the Arctic Council 25 years ago and contributed to the lengthy drafting process of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), passed at the United Nations in 2007 in New York. The new Governor General was also Canada’s first Ambassador to the Arctic, and Canada’s Ambassador to Denmark. She holds five Honorary University Degrees, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the National Order of Quebec.