King’s coronation: GG Simon on whether Charles can apologize

Governor-General Mary Simon said it was “difficult to say” whether King Charles III could apologize for the Crown’s legacy of colonialism, but stressed she was more interested in seeing concrete action. .

“These apologies are complicated,” she told CTV National News Chief News and Senior Editor Omar Sachedina on Sunday, reflecting on the King’s coronation. “And it took many years for us to receive an apology from the Canadian government. Many years of work. The boarding school issue took years before the Pope apologized. So it’s difficult to say exactly whether there could be an apology.”

Simon was one of the members of the Canadian delegation inside Westminster Abbey when the King was officially crowned on Saturday.

As she watched the proceedings, she said she was thinking about the “historical nature of the event.”

“And the organ and the choir – the music is truly phenomenal, out of this world,” she said. “Quite an experience.”

Simon also played a key role in securing the meeting between King Charles III and the leaders of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis just days before his coronation.

“I was thinking about what we could do to start a conversation with the King, and I felt that it was really important if the three national leaders could meet him,” she said. speak. “I held a phone call with His Majesty and talked to him about it. And he was open to it. So the next step was to phone each of the country’s indigenous leaders and see if they were available to chat with the King. And everyone agreed that was a good idea.”

The Council of First Nations heads of state RoseAnne Archibald, National Council president Métis Cassidy Caron and Inuit Tapiriit president Kanatami Natan Obed were all present at Thursday’s meeting and Saturday’s coronation.

Simon says that for her, motivation and concrete actions are more important than apologies.

“An apology is a word, it makes people feel good and resolves their hurt to some extent, but if you don’t take any action after that, it’s static. ,” she said.

See the full interview with Governor-General Mary Simon at the top of this article.

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