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Canada has appointed its first ever indigenous governor general

Last week Canada appointed Mary Simon as governor general; a move hailed as a “historic step”. It is the first time an indigenous leader has held the position.

Her appointment comes as Canada reckons with its historic treatment of indigenous people, after the discovery of unmarked graves belonging to First Nations people.

“I am honoured, humbled and ready to be Canada’s first indigenous Governor General,” she said, also giving remarks in Inuktitut, her first language. “I can confidently say that my appointment is a historic and inspirational moment for Canada and an important step forward on the long path towards reconciliation.”

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