How to watch, listen and follow the installation of Canada’s next governor general Mary Simon

Mary Simon looks towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the July 6 announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada’s next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

CBC News is presenting live coverage of the installation of Canada’s 30th governor general, Inuk leader and former ambassador Mary Simon, in both Inuktitut and English on CBC TV, Gem, CBC Radio, the Listen app and here on You can also stream the ceremony live on the CBC Indigenous, CBC North and CBC Nunavut Facebook pages.

The CBC News special will be hosted, commercial-free, by chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton on CBC TV, CBC News Network, CBC Gem and

It’s set to be the first-ever CBC News simulcast in English and Inuktitut, and will take audiences inside the VIP arrivals and intimate ceremony in Ottawa, and into Mary Simon’s hometown of Kuujjuaq, Que., for the community’s reaction to this historic appointment.

An audio special will be hosted by Nil Köksal and Juanita Taylor on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen. The swearing-in ceremony will also be covered in eight Indigenous languages across multiple CBC radio stations.

How to watch, stream and listen on Monday:

  • CBC TV: 10 a.m. ET (11 AT, 11:30 NT, 9 CT, 8 MT, 7 PT), 90 minutes
  • CBC News Network, CBC Gem, and 10 a.m. ET (11 AT, 11:30 NT, 9 CT, 8 MT, 7 PT), 3 hours
  • CBC Radio One & CBC Listen: 11 a.m. ET (12 AT, 12:30 NT, 10 CT, 9 MT, 8 PT), 90 minutes

CBC Indigenous Facebook will host the English stream while CBC Nunavut Facebook is hosting the Inuktitut stream and CBC North Facebook is sharing both, as is CBC News YouTube.

On July 6, Simon became the first Indigenous person ever to be appointed to the role of governor general. She has an extensive leadership background, including her time as a past president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national Inuit organization.

Simon is an Inuk from Kuujjuaq, a village on the coast of Ungava Bay in Nunavik.

The soon-to-be new governor general attended the federal Fort Chimo day school in Kuujjuaq. She is bilingual, speaking English and Inuktitut.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Mary Simon being named as Canada’s next Governor General has national & global significance, say Inuit leaders, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Miners hunting for metals to battery cars threaten Finland’s Sámi reindeer herders’ homeland, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: The Arctic railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?, Eye on the Arctic

Russia: Indigenous Peoples call on Nornickel’s global partners to demand environmental action, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: Indigenous groups in Alaska welcome Biden’s bid to protect critical Bering Sea area, Radio Canada International

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