Mary Simon officially took office as Governor today
Joined CBC News on Monday to report on Mary Simon’s appointment as Canada’s first Aboriginal Governor.
Mary Simon officially became Canada’s first Aboriginal Governor at a ceremony held in the Senate Building in Ottawa today.
Earlier this month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Simon as an Inuk from Kuujjuaq in northeastern Quebec.
The swearing-in ceremony will be conducted in English and Inuktitut for the first time, and will be broadcast on CBC radio in eight indigenous languages.
CBC Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton (Rosemary Barton) will host Monday’s event in Ottawa on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News Network starting at 10 a.m. EST, and will start at 11 a.m. EST on CBC TV and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation gem.
The audience can also follow the event in the following ways Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News And on Facebook. CBC Aboriginal Facebook Is hosting an English stream, CBC Nunavut Facebook Host the Inuit language stream, and CBC North Facebook Sharing both.
After the ceremony, Simon will visit the National War Memorial, review the guard of honor and lay flowers for the Canadian war dead-this is her first representative of the Queen in Canada.
On Thursday, Simon took the first step in a formal role while talking to the Queen.
In a short online conversation posted on the royal family’s Instagram account, the queen said she was very happy to talk to Simon and told her that she was “taking over a very important job”.
“Yes, I am honored to be able to complete this work in the next few years,” Simon said. “I think this is vital to our country.”
Natan Obed (Natan Obed) said: “Seeing someone like Mary Simon, she is the undisputed leader of the indigenous peoples of this country. Recognition for the contribution to this new role is really strong. Earlier this month, the chairman of the National Inuit Inuit Inuit Inuit Kanatami (ITK) told CBC.
But people are worried about Simon’s French ability.
Although she is fluent in English and Inuktitut, Simon is not fluent in French. Normally, the governor should have complete knowledge of both official languages.
Although Simon promised to continue French lessons during his tenure as Governor, hundreds of French-speaking Canadians still complained to the Office of the Official Language Commissioner.
These complaints prompted Commissioner Raymond Théberge to investigate the process of nominating the Governor.
Although growing up in northern Quebec, Simon said that she never had the opportunity to learn French since she was a child because the federal day school she attended did not teach French.
Day schools are operated separately from boarding schools, but are run by many groups that operate boarding schools. They operated from the 1860s to the 1990s.
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The government insists that Simon is a model candidate, even though she is not fluent in French.
Simon has held various advocacy and ambassador positions during her career, and then she brought a rich resume to Rideau Hall.
In 1975, she helped negotiate the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, a landmark agreement between the Crees and Inuit in northern Quebec, the provincial government and Quebec Hydro.
The agreement is widely regarded as the country’s “first modern treaty”, and it enables the province to recognize the rights of the Crees and Inuit in the James Bay area for the first time, such as exclusive hunting, fishing and trapping rights, and Autonomy in certain areas. It also provides financial compensation in exchange for the construction of large new hydroelectric dams to meet the province’s growing demand for new energy.
During the negotiations leading to the return of the 1982 Constitution, Simon was also the representative of the Inuit—including the recognition of indigenous treaty rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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In 1986, Simon was appointed to lead the Inuit Polar Conference (ICC), which was established in 1977 to represent the Inuit in all Arctic countries. At the International Criminal Court, she proposed two priorities for the indigenous people of the North: protecting their way of life from environmental damage and promoting responsible economic development in their traditional territories.
In 1994, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien appointed Simon as Canada’s first ambassador for polar affairs.
During her tenure in this position, she helped to negotiate the establishment of an eight-nation organization, which is today’s Arctic Council. She was later appointed as Canada’s ambassador to Denmark.
Since 2006, Simon has served as the president of ITK for two terms. In this position, she represented the Inuit in responding to a formal apology against boarding schools filed in the House of Commons in 2008.