In the face of much tragedy – Inuk Governor General of Canada – Mary Simon – brings new hope

In the face of much tragedy – Inuk Governor General of Canada – Mary Simon – brings new hope

As God continues to bring to light the dark and heart sickening tragedies Canada’s Indigenous people have had to endure, a quote from Bishop Ronnie Crudup Sr., in response to the un-justices that unfolded in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, and Texas, bears repeating:

“I know that what is done in the dark will come to light — even if the events are historical in nature, such as the Medgar Evers murder case and other civil rights injustices, the Armenian genocide, the Bosnian genocide or the mass murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis.

We need to remember and recognize that God uses us and our technology as his means to accomplish his principles and will. God has determined, as he said in Luke 12:2-3, that the secrets will be uncovered, the truth will come forth, and God’s thought about every behaviour and action will be vindicated.

What’s done in the dark will come to light – and thank God he has created it to operate so!”  The Clarion Ledger.

The list of genocides and ethnic cleansing campaigns throughout human history is long and terrifying.

Now, as God’s light shines on tragedies faced by Canada’s First Nation, we welcome distinguished diplomat, former broadcaster, and public servant, Mary Jeannie May Simon OC OQ (Inuktitut: Ningiukudluk), Canada’s 30th Governor General, who will be sworn in on July 26, 2021.

Ms. Simon is married to author Whit Fraser who has worked in Canada’s far north for most of his life. They married in 1994.

Mr. Fraser recently commented in that, “Something that people might not know about Simon is that on top of all her other laurels – she is also a champion sea glass picker.”

While an impending election is in the air, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appointment – the first in 154 years that an Indigenous governor general – is something to celebrate.

Now that’s progress.

The Toronto Star reports Queen Elizabeth approved the appointment. And although Ms. Simon doesn’t speak French, a prerequisite for Canada’s governor generals, Ms. Simon says she is dedicated to learning the language. She speaks Inuktitut and English.

Ms. Simon served as Canada’s ambassador to Denmark and the Canadian ambassador for circumpolar affairs.

Ms. Simon thanked Trudeau for the “historic opportunity” and said she is “honoured, humbled, and ready to be Canada’s first Indigenous governor general.

So as Indigenous healing ceremonies take place across Canada where the unthinkable occurred, we reach out in prayer and support of Canada’s First Nation – and we congratulate Ms. Mary Simon!


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