Governor General Mary Simon to visit hometown while touring Nunavik

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OTTAWA — Canada's first Indigenous Governor General is making a visit to a number of remote northern Quebec communities, including her own hometown.

Mary Simon will make stops next week in Kuujjuaq, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangiqsujuaq and Inukjuak.

The five-day tour of Nunavik includes visits to schools, community gatherings and stops at Kuururjuaq National Park and Pingualuit National Park.

She's also set to meet with local governments, Inuit leaders and elders as she works to promote her office's priorities of education, mental health and Indigenous reconciliation.

Simon is a well-known Inuk leader who was involved in negotiating the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, Canada's first land claims agreement.

She was born at a Hudson’s Bay Co. post near the Nunavik village of Kangiqsualujjuaq in 1947 and has said her appointment to the viceregal office is a step forward in reconciliation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2022.

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