JULY 6, 2021


Born August 21, 1947, in Kangisualuujjuaq, Quebec (QC), Mary has worked to further Inuit rights since the 1970s starting with the Northern QC Inuit Assn. (now-Makivik Corp.). Later, as its president, she helped implement the James Bay & Northern QC Agreement redefining QC’s relationship with the Cree & Inuit. She served on the Inuit Circumpolar & Arctic Councils, and was Canada’s Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and, later, Ambassador to Denmark. In 2006, as president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), she focused on youth health & education and chaired the Arctic Children & Youth Foundation and National Committee on Inuit Education. Awards: Officer, Order of Canada; Governor General’s Northern Medal; National Order, QC; Gold Order, Greenland; Indspire Award; Gold Order, Canadian Geographical Society; and Symons Medal. She is in the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame & a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America & Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

 “Mary Simon: Cultural Identity and Education,” Speak Truth to Power.  Retrieved 12/12/2021, Biography - Mary Simon - Speak Truth to Power Canada (ctf-fce.ca)
Photo: Justin Trudeau official Youtube video, 7/6/2021. Permissive Use.  Source: Announcing Canada’s next Governor General, Ms. Mary Simon - YouTube

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