Carleton University is celebrating the appointment of Mary Simon as the next Governor General of Canada.

Simon received an honorary degree from Carleton in 2011 in recognition of her dedication and commitment to Inuit rights, social justice, and education and leadership in circumpolar affairs.

“I am honoured, humbled and ready to be Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General,” Simon said on July 6, 2021.

“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.”

Canada's 30th Governor General Mary Simon

Canada’s 30th Governor General Mary Simon

“The appointment of Mary Simon to the position of Canada’s Governor General is an exceptional and welcome appointment, especially at this time of reckoning and public mourning,” said Prof. Frances Abele, who has worked with Indigenous people across Canada for most of her career.

“Mary Simon has been a strong leader and strong voice for Indigenous people and for the North, with special attention to youth. The country will benefit greatly from her appointment to this role.”

Katherine Minich, Abele’s colleague in Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) echoed those sentiments.

“Mary Simon has been pivotal in building Canada; her experience and leadership in northern stewardship fulfill a needed voice.”

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