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Manon Jeannotte sworn as lieutenant-governor of Quebec

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Manon Jeannotte during her swearing-in on Thursday.

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The swearing-in of Manon Jeannotte as the new lieutenant governor of Quebec took place Thursday afternoon. She thus becomes the 30th lieutenant-governor of the province while being the second woman and the first Aboriginal person to occupy this position.

In her speech, Manon Jeannotte has responded to some criticism regarding her new role. The day after his appointment, the National Assembly unanimously adopted a motion to abolish the office of lieutenant governor, a motion which suggested that the origins of this role were reminiscent of a colonial era.

Indeed, the Crown represents one of the colonizers of the first peoples of this continent. However, as an Indigenous person, I should be the first to want its abolition, but that is not the case, said Ms. Jeannotte at the start of her speech.

Like the majority of indigenous peoples in Canada, I agreed to work with the system in place, that of the constitutional monarchy of which Quebec is an integral part. Although relations between Aboriginal people and the Crown can be strained, they are also often very good. […] This process of acceptance is precisely part of reconciliation and it is in this perspective that I see my role […].

A quote from Excerpt from Manon Jeannotte's speech during her swearing in

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Prime Minister François Legault participated in the ceremony.

Ms. Jeannotte also said she hoped that she would take office with respect.

Thursday's swearing-in ceremony did not take place in the National Assembly as is customary.

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It finally took place in the official premises of the lieutenant governor in Quebec, at the request of Manon Jeannotte, who wanted a more sober ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister François Legault, the Mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté, and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans as well as Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Diane Lebouthillier. /p>

Members of the Gespeg community were also present during the ceremony.

For them, it is an honor to see someone from their community reach a position like this.

Manon is someone who has a vision in terms of reconciliation and education: she extends her hand. Many members are behind me to share the pride of seeing Manon as lieutenant governor, said the urban advisor for the nation of Gespeg, Nadia Robertson, who attended Thursday's ceremony.

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Chief of the Mi'kmaq Nation of Gespeg, Terry Shaw (Archive photo)

It gives us a lot of hope and energy for reconciliation with government authorities. It allows us to make more efforts to try to do better for a better future, adds the chief of the Mi’kmaq Nationby Gespeg, Terry Shaw.

This woman gives us x27;hope that anything is possible.

A quote from Terry Shaw, Chief of the Mi'kmaq Nation of Gespeg

Manon Jeannotte was elected for 12 years as a councilor and then chief within the Mi’kmaq Nation of Gespeg. She then served as director of the School of First Nations Leaders at HEC Montreal.

Her priorities during her mandate will be the environment and reconciliation. She succeeds Michel Doyon, who had been in office since 2015.

With information from Stéphanie Rousseau

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