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Justin Trudeau appoints new Governor-general: What you need to know


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  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recommended Mary Simon as governor-general, the first indigenous person to hold the post.

  • Trudeau announced that the Queen has accepted the recommendation of Simon.

  • The announcement comes six months after the former governor-general, Julie Payette, resigned amid an accusation of bullying.

  • Her appointment follows national retribution over Canada's legacy over residential schools. These government-funded schools were part of a policy to absorb indigenous children.

  • Simon, an Inuk, worked as an announcer and producer with CBC North before starting a career advocating indigenous rights.

  • She has served as an ambassador to Denmark and as president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada's national Inuit organization.

  • About her appointment, she felt that this was a position that would help Canadians together with indigenous people.


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