July 26, 2021
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon was installed as the 30th governor general of Canada during a historic ceremony that took place in the Senate Chamber.
As part of the installation ceremony, an Inuk elder lights the qulliq in the Senate Chamber. The traditional Inuit lamp represents light and warmth of family and community. pic.twitter.com/gA2MMJFnSv— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) July 26, 2021
The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, who had also assumed the role of administrator of the Government of Canada, administered three oaths:
- Oath of Allegiance
- Oath of Office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
- Oath of the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada
Following the oaths, Ms. May Simon signed the Oath Registry which officially installed Mary May Simon as Canada's first Indigenous governor general.
During the ceremony, Governor General Mary May Simon was presented with four collars of office:
- Order of Canada
- Order of Military Merit
- Order of Merit of Police Forces
- Head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority
The Installation ceremony concluded with a performance of "O Canada" by Marie-Josée Lord.
The installation ceremony was followed by a presentation of military honours and the inspection of a guard of honour at the National War Memorial, where Her Excellency placed a bouquet of flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of all Canadians.
The new governor general then made her way to Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the governor general in Ottawa, where family members were waiting to mark the event.