Mary May Simon, Inuk, 1947-
She has held a number of positions with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, and served as a Board member from 1991 to 1994. In 1997, she was appointed to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation, a side agreement to NAFTA, and was later elected Chair. She served as the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference from 1986 to 1992, and as Special Envoy from 1992 to 1994. She was appointed Canada's first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs in 1994, the first Inuk to hold an ambassadorial position. In 1995 she was named Chancellor of Trent University. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebec. A longer biography appears in Native Leaders of Canada.

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