Governor General Mary May Simon arrives in Germany for first international trip

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Governor General Mary May Simon arrives in Berlin on Sunday to begin her first international trip from Canada to the German capital.

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May Simon’s four-day state visit will include a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, and she will represent Canada at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair.

“Canada and Germany have been longtime allies and friends. A state visit highlights our shared values ​​and strong ties, and also helps support Canadian industries that have been hard hit during this pandemic, Rideau Hall said on Sunday.


In Berlin, May Simon is to visit the Humboldt Forum, which houses several Canadian artifacts, including two indigenous totem poles from the West Coast.

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In Frankfurt, she will participate in the book fair, which this year features Canada as a special guest. May Simon is traveling with a crew that includes Canada’s new Parliamentarian Poet Laureate, author Louise Bernice Halfe, also known as Cree Nam Sky Dancer, author Kim Thuy, Lisa Koperqualuk, Vice President of International Affairs for the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada . , and May Simon’s husband, former journalist Whit Fraser.

May Simon will also participate in a virtual event with Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

Rideau Hall said on Sunday, “Your Majesty looks forward to highlighting and encouraging Canadian authors and businesses at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest tradeshow for cultural and literary works, considered the Olympics of Literature.” Is.”

The Governor General will also participate in a round table discussion about Arctic exploration, which will be held at the Frankfurt Archaeological Museum.

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May Simon was Canada’s first ambassador for circumpolar affairs. She was also Canada’s principal negotiator in the creation of the eight-nation Arctic Council.

The international visit comes a week after May Simon’s first formal public appearance in Ottawa, at a homeless shelter.

May Simon and Fraser spent an hour at the Ottawa Mission, meeting staff and volunteers and standing a block outside downtown, handing out hot meals to dozens of customers.

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