Governor General of Canada Mary Simon visited Nunavik in Quebec, Canada in May 2022. Photograph: Sgt Mathieu St-Amour

Governor General of Canada Mary Simon will receive an official welcoming ceremony today at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki where President Sauli Niinistö will host the visit.

After the ceremonies, President Niinistö and Ms. Simon, who is the first Indigenous governor general of Canada, will summon for discussions where the topics, according to the Finnish president’s office, range from bilateral relations between Finland and Canada to talks related to security and climate change and Arctic cooperation.

During her visit, Governor General Simon will also meet the Finnish prime minister, Sanna Marin, and Antti Rinne, the first deputy speaker of the Finnish Parliament.

In addition, the governor general’s program, include, among other things, a visit to the Yrityskylä Helsinki-Vantaa learning environment for young people and a meeting with Sámi youth.

On Thursday, President Niinistö and Governor General Simon will visit Rovaniemi in Northern Finland where they will participate at a panel discussion on the impacts of climate change in the Arctic. The program will continue with an introduction to the teaching of the Sámi language at Ylikylä primary school and a visit to Lapland Air Command.

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