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The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean
(Photo by Agência Brasil)

Governor General of Canada from 2005 to 2010
Haitian born on September 6, 1957, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

A Woman of Many Firsts

  • She made Canadian history on September 27, 2005 by becoming the first person of African-Caribbean heritage
    to hold the position of Governor General of Canada.
  • The first black reporter on French TV news in Canada.
    She was a reporter for the program, Actuel
  • Madame Jean was the first black person to declare the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games open. This is an honor reserved for the hosting country head of state.
  • On February 15, 2006, Madame Jean visited Bordeaux Penitentiary in Quebec, the first visit by a governor
    general to a prison.

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