2005 - Michaëlle Jean

Michaelle JeanOn September 27, 2005, Michaëlle Jean, who was born in Haiti, is sworn in as Canada’s first Black governor general. She emphasized freedom as a central part of the Canadian identity. Jean’s personal mandate was to “break down solitudes”, hoping to bridge the gap between English-speaking and French-speaking Canadians. Jean also called for the protection of the environment, the shielding of culture against globalization and an end to the marginalization of young people.

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