Biography Mary Simon has attained national and international recognition for her work on Arctic and Indigenous issues and as an advocate for Inuit rights and culture. Official Photo The official photo of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, is available in two versions. Insignia Encouraging excellence is one of the roles and responsibilities of a governor general. Upon taking office, the governor general is invested in or presented with specific honours. His Excellency Whit Grant Fraser, C.C. His Excellency Whit Grant Fraser is the spouse of Mary May Simon, Canada’s first Indigenous governor general and the 30th governor general since Confederation.