Canada swears in first indigenous governor general – BBC News

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Mary Simon, a former Inuit community advocate, has been officially sworn in as Canada’s first indigenous governor general.

“I will strive to hold together the tension of the past with the promise of the future,” she said.

Earlier this month, PM Justin Trudeau named her to serve as the representative in Canada of Queen Elizabeth, the country’s head of state.

Her appointment comes as Canada grapples with the legacy of its treatment of indigenous people.

“We need people like Ms Simon because we need people who build bridges and bring us together,” Mr Trudeau said at the ceremony.

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    Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.

    Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

    Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.

    As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.

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