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