Gov. Gen. Mary Simon says she and the Queen discussed reconciliation, Canada’s ‘real history’ | CBC News


Gov. Gen. Mary Simon says she instructed Queen Elizabeth this week that Canada’s historical past books ought to be rewritten to mirror the details in regards to the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous folks.

“I used to be speaking to her in regards to the varied conditions like in Canada,” Simon instructed CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault after assembly the Queen on Tuesday. “The historic wrongs of the previous and the way we wanted to alter Canada’s historical past books in order that younger folks might be taught what the true historical past is, with out essentially pointing fingers.

“We talked about reconciliation and I did speak in regards to the want for therapeutic in our nation and to have a greater understanding and a greater relationship between Indigenous folks and different Canadians.”

Simon mentioned she felt that the Queen was nicely knowledgeable on points affecting Canada, together with the latest occupation of Ottawa by anti-vaccine mandate protesters.

“I feel she discovered it obscure,” Simon mentioned of the Queen’s response to the blockades. “It is just like the Ukraine disaster — she finds that obscure.”

Simon mentioned the Queen instructed her she is aware of what it is wish to reside in a metropolis underneath siege, with air raid sirens going off in any respect hours.

“Through the years of the Hitler regime, I assume she was very a lot affected by that, and he or she, I feel, might virtually see some similarities occurring, and he or she talked about that,” she mentioned.

Simon mentioned she congratulated the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee and the 2 talked about how they’ve each recovered lately from COVID-19.

“It was a beautiful day,” she mentioned. “I feel, one among my greatest days since I turned a human on this earth.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and her husband Whit Fraser to tea within the Oak Room at Windsor Fort in Windsor, England on March 15, 2022. An Inuk chief from Nunavik in Quebec, Simon is the primary Indigenous individual to carry the workplace. (Related Press/Steve Parsons)

“It was very heartwarming and he or she was very welcoming and he or she was very sharp and talked quite a bit about, you recognize, her personal kids and her grandchildren and in addition in regards to the state of affairs we’re dealing with in Ukraine. 

“That was on the high of her thoughts … and [she is] very fearful about what is going on to be occurring to folks in Ukraine.”

Simon mentioned she additionally is anxious in regards to the plight of Ukrainians and is hoping to attach with Ukrainians as she travels throughout Canada.

The Governor Common mentioned that whereas she shouldn’t be accustomed to how the immigration course of works for Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion, authorities processes can all the time be made simpler.

“I feel we have to have a look at how we usher in folks from different international locations and make it maybe a bit bit extra less complicated,” she mentioned. 

“I do know that when we’ve to fill out varieties from the Indigenous neighborhood, folks all the time discover it very tough, though it is inside our personal nation. So I am unable to think about what it is like for folks coming into the nation.”

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