APTN News sits down with Governor General Mary May Simon in Germany

Issues include Canada’s international profile and Germany’s ties to reconciliation.

Mary May Simon

Governor General Mary May Simon with APTN News in Germany. Photo courtesy: Office of the Governor General

Clerks at the historic Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany fumbled with the thermostat in a closed back room, trying to bring the temperature down in the minutes before Governor General Mary May Simon‘s first media interview since beginning her three-day state visit to Germany.

“I like the cold,” Simon  – Canada’s first Inuk Governor General – said while stepping into the book-lined space.

Even as the temperature dropped a few degrees, the heat stayed on for APTN News.

We were one of only two media outlets that travelled to Germany with a Canadian delegation during the country’s first state visit to Germany in 20 years.

Here’s how it played out.

Simon and reporter Lindsay Richardson discuss the state visit, Canada’s international profile, Germany’s ties to reconciliation, and the importance of Inuit representation overseas.

Media outlets were granted a ten-minute sit-down with Her Excellency on the last leg of the trip – though the list of talking points on the historic occasion could have stretched much, much longer.

The conversation continues with an exploration of domestic issues – including protection of Indigenous languages in Canada, COVID-19 outbreaks and low vaccination rates in the North, and the debate over systemic racism in Quebec.

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Reporter / Montreal

Lindsay was born and raised on the unceded territory of Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), and joined APTN News as a Quebec correspondent in 2019. While in university, she collaborated on a multiplatform project about the revitalization of the Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) language to commemorate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Before APTN Lindsay worked at the Eastern Door, CTV Montreal and the Montreal Gazette.

Video Journalist / Calgary

Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.