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Photo: Oliver Morin/AFP via Getty Images.

Inuit leader Mary Simon will serve as Canada's first Indigenous governor general, after Queen Elizabeth II approved the appointment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Why it matters: It comes as the country is reckoning with the historic abuses of Indigenous people. The remains of 751 people, mainly Indigenous children, were discovered last month at the site of a former boarding school in Canada.

  • The role of the governor general is to act as the Queen's representative in Canada.

The big picture: Simon is a past president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national Inuit organization, and has led a decades-long career advocating for Indigenous rights.

  • Simon also served as the first Canadian ambassador for circumpolar affairs where she helped strengthen the ties between the people of the Arctic regions nationally and internationally.

What they're saying: "Ms. Simon has dedicated her life to advancing social, economic, and human rights issues for Canadian Inuit and Indigenous peoples, and I am confident that she will serve Canadians and promote our shared values with dedication and integrity," Trudeau said in a statement.

  • "I can confidently say that my appointment is a historic and inspirational moment for Canada and an important step forward on the long path towards reconciliation," Simon said, via CBC.

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Oct 11, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Tampa's Columbus Day controversy continues

By now, many people know Christopher Columbus did not discover America, and that he did brutalize Indigenous people into near non-existence. 

  • So why do we still have Columbus Day? And why does Tampa still have a statue and park dedicated to him?

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.

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