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Mary Simon: Trudeau names indigenous leader in ‘historic’ first

BBC News

July 6, 2021

Canadian Prime Minister has named Mary Simon as governor general, the first indigenous person to hold the post.

The former diplomat and advocate for Inuit rights will represent Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.

The announcement comes nearly six months after the former governor general, Julie Payette, resigned amid accusations of bullying.

While the role is largely ceremonial, the governor general presides over important state duties.

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