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Canada has its first indigenous Governor General. This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Queen had accepted the nomination of Mary Simon, an Inuk woman who has been a lifelong advocate for indigenous peoples. She takes office as the 30th Governor General of Canada following the resignation of Julie Payette in January in a whirlwind of controversy over her conduct at Rideau Hall.
Simon is from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik in Northern Quebec and brings an extensive resume to the role, including a stint at CBC North. In addition to serving as Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and Canadian Ambassador to Denmark, Simon has served as president of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation and the National Inuit Education Committee. She also served as the former chief of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, other His work on behalf of the Inuit led to his inclusion in the Constitution in 1982..
Speaking in Inuktitut and English, she thanked Trudeau for the “historic opportunity” and said she feels “honored, humbled and ready to be Canada’s first indigenous Governor General.” Simon said he will work every day to promote healing in Canada, noting that his appointment comes at “an especially thoughtful and dynamic moment in our shared history,” after hundreds of remains of children have been found in recent weeks in old residential schools. However, he noted that it is “An important step on the long road to reconciliation.”
“I believe that we can build a hopeful future in a way that respects what happened in the past,” he said. “It means supporting people’s well-being by focusing on our youth and better educational outcomes for all of our children. It means prioritizing the protection of our natural world so that we can have a healthy climate and planet for generations to come. “
Speaking at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Trudeau said that after 154 years ago, the country today took a historic step.
“Canada is a place defined by people – by people who serve those around them, who face great challenges with hope and determination, and most of all, who never stopped working to build a brighter tomorrow. In other words, people like Mary Simon, ”Trudeau said.
“I can’t think of a better person to face the moment.”
CBC has this look on four things you should know about Simon.
In Saskatchewan, Prime Minister and Prime Minister Scott Moe are is set to sign an agreement this afternoon that will see Cowessess First Nation retake child welfare jurisdiction. Chief Cadmus Delorme says they will regain jurisdiction over the children in care for the first time since 1951. That CBC story.
Back on the Hill: A report from the federal spending watchdog confirms that the government is letting its responsibility to help pay for Canadians’ healthcare fade, says the NDP’s health critic. The Parliamentary Budget Officer annual report on fiscal sustainability, released on June 30, forecast government finances for the next 75 years and identified Canada’s aging population as a key pressure on healthcare spending.
Don Davies, a health critic for the NDP, said he was happy the report emphasized that Canada Health Transfer (CHT) payments cannot keep up with rising health care spending. “I think this is a fundamental and extremely important issue in healthcare in Canada,” he said. “This is not the first time this has been pointed out. In fact, I know that the NDP and other opposition parties, including the Bloc, have been pointing to the long-term decline in federal contributions to health care for many years. We have been warning about the significant impact this will have on the ground if left unaddressed. ”
Prior to your virtual meeting and vote for a new leader tomorrow to replace Perry Bellegarde, The Assembly of First Nations today honored children who never returned home from residential schools.. As the Canadian Press reports, statements of grief and anger over recent discoveries of unmarked graves in residential schools were mixed with ceremonial opening prayers at the general assembly. Elder Garry Sault of Credit First Nation of Mississaugas told those gathered that this is a time of reckoning for First Nations leaders. “It is in this moment that we need bosses who are strong so that we can unite with a good mind so that we can bear our pain and our pain and turn it into a cry for justice for what happened to our people, for what happened to everyone. . of those children who were buried in the ground and have yet to be discovered. Our hearts cry to them as they cry more and more. “
And now that MPs are on a break from House of Commons sessions until September, unless we go to the polls later this summer and with the possible exception of calling the Senate to review legislation to restrict the conversion therapy, it seems that the legislative work of the 43rd Parliament is done. Members of the opposition struggled to pass bills during a stalled spring, retired MPs have given farewell speeches, ruling Liberals have intensified their searches for electoral candidates, and as of Tuesday, Canada has a new governor-general to pass. his first dissolution of Parliament.
Few significant changes to Canada’s laws passed during this iteration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, who will likely be remembered instead for how he navigated the country through the pandemic, aided by Parliament’s unprecedented swift approval of bills. of emergency law that allowed hundreds of billions of dollars to flow to individuals and businesses to help them survive the COVID crisis. Charlie Pinkerton has that story.
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In other headlines:
Feds reveal plans for Toronto-Quebec high-frequency rail corridor (Global)
Taxpayers have spent at least $ 23 billion on pipeline subsidies since 2018: report (CBC)
Canada didn’t invoke the dispute clause when the vaccine deal with China fell apart (The charge)
First Nations in British Columbia threaten to block rail traffic for fear of recovery from fires (Global)
Canadian killed in Miami building collapse, three more Canadians missing (CP)
The privilege of pandemic private jets (Global)
More than 1 billion marine animals may have died in British Columbia’s heat wave (CTV)
President Joe Biden once again pleaded with people today to get vaccinated. “The best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and the people who matter most to you is to get vaccinated,” he said. “The best a community can do to protect itself is to increase vaccination rates. You can do it. “His latest allegation comes after he missed his July 4 goal of 70 percent of American adults taking their first hit.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 67 percent of American adults had received their first vaccination this morning, while more than 157 million are fully vaccinated. This morning he laid out the five key areas his administration is focusing on to keep those numbers on the rise and protect people against the Delta variant. As CNN reports, Biden expects the country to have 160 million fully vaccinated by the end of this week.
In Myanmar, five months after a coup against elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the military and police have declared war on doctors. The Associated Press reports.
In other international headlines:
Estonia condemns ‘prepared’ arrest of its diplomat in Russia (Al Jazeera)
Biden to meet with federal agencies to address ransomware concerns this week (The hill)
United States welcomes brother Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in first high-level visit since Khashoggi assassination (AP)
Lebanese Prime Minister Warns of ‘Social Explosion’ in Call for Help (The hill)
European powers condemn Iran’s latest nuclear move (AP)
How Putin Could Block Biden’s Plans After Afghanistan (Political)
Pentagon cancels $ 10 billion ‘Jedi’ contract with Microsoft (BBC)
Noted Dutch criminal reporter shot on Amsterdam street (Al Jazeera)
As Tokyo Olympics Approach, Virus Concerns Rise In Japan (AP)
South African Zuma Tries To Block Arrest As Police Detain (Reuters)
Andrew Fleming: BC government has failed to adequately prepare and respond to fires
: Green Procurement Could Boost Canada-US Relations
In Iceland, a new study has found that when it comes to work, less is more. The results showed that a shorter workweek, with no pay cuts, led to better outcomes for both workers and employers. Monkey they were happier, healthier, and more productive.
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In that sense, have a good night.
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