Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada’s President and board of directors extend a heartfelt congratulations to Mary Simon on her historic and inspirational appointment as the first Inuk Governor General of Canada.
“I am proud to see an Inuk as the head of state in Canada in my lifetime. I hope Inuit women and girls from Inuit Nunangat and urban centres feel pride and inspiration, seeing the proof that they can accomplish anything. We wish Mary Simon much success and look forward to meeting with her in her new role,” said President Rebecca Kudloo.
Pauktuutit sees this appointment as an opportunity for the Government of Canada to continue down the path of reconciliation with Inuit communities.
Mary Simon has accomplished a great deal in her lifetime, advocating for Inuit communities, women, and children, and serving on several boards of directors. For more than 40 years, Mary Simon has been an advocate for Inuit rights and culture in Canada and abroad. As a former Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, Canadian Ambassador to Denmark, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Senior Negotiator in the Self Determination process on behalf of Makivik Corporation, we are confident she will represent Inuit with passion and success.