I was delighted to read in the news the other day that Mary Simon, an Inuk from Kuujjuac on Ungava Bay in northern Quebec has been appointed our first Indigenous Governor-General. It couldn't come at a better time given the recent announcements about grave sites found at former residential schools. Canadians are finally waking up to the reality of Indigenous suffering resulting from Canadian government policies over the past 150 years.
Note on Terms - in case you've forgotten, 'Indigenous' refers to all Indian, Metis and Inuit peoples in /Canada. 'Inuit' are those who live in the Arctic. 'Metis' are peoples of mixed Indigenous and European ancestry, most typically fur traders who married Indigenous wives. 'First Nations' are only those Indigenous bands identified under the Indian Act and exclude the Metis and Inuit.