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Tom Couchene Distinguished Speaker Series - “Through the eyes of the North: Our Collective Responsibility” - Her Excellency The Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada
Speaker:
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon,Governor General of Canada

SUMMARY:
Her Excellency underlines the challenges faced in the North. The Governor General offers a parallel of her personal experience, and the disparities of Inuit people compared to the rest of Canada.
The disparities vary from education, climate change, food insecurity and other social issues. The challenges faced in the North goes often unnoticed and cannot persist.

The remark will also highlight that a collaborative approach is increasingly vital to bring awareness and address the challenges in the Arctic and as a nation.

BIO: Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon was sworn in on July 26, 2021, as Canada’s first Indigenous governor general. She is the 30th governor general since Confederation.

Ms. Simon gained national and international recognition for her work on Arctic and Indigenous issues and for her efforts in advocating for Inuit rights, youth, education and culture.

Ms. Simon began her career as a radio broadcaster with the CBC Northern Service (now CBC North) in the 1970s. Following this, she held a series of executive positions with the Northern Quebec Inuit Association (now Makivik Corporation) and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which centred on negotiating the first land claims agreement in Canada, the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. As president of Makivik Corporation, she was directly involved with the implementation of the agreement, along with the protection and promotion of Inuit rights.

Apr 12, 2022 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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