Russell Mirasty today has been named Saskatchewan’s new Lieutenant Governor by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mirasty, a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, replaces W. Thomas Molloy, who passed away on July 2, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mirasty joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1976 and became the first Indigenous person to command a division of the national police. He served as Director General of National Aboriginal Policing Services and as Commanding Officer of “F” Division (Saskatchewan). He retired from the RCMP as Assistant Commissioner in 2013.
Mirasty’s first language is Cree, and he and his wife Donna resides in La Ronge, Sask. They have two children and two grandchildren.
“Known as a relationship-builder, Mr. Mirasty is an outstanding leader who paved the way for Indigenous peoples in the national police force,” said Trudeau about the appointment.
“As Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, I know he will continue to make a difference for the people of his province and all Canadians, and inspire others to create change in their communities.”
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Mirasty will be sworn in on Thursday, July 18, at Government House.
“I look forward to working with Mr. Mirasty as he assumes the role of Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor,” Moe said. “With a deep connection to Saskatchewan’s Indigenous communities and a background of service with the RCMP, Mr. Mirasty will bring a valuable perspective to a role that has a rich history of service to the people of Saskatchewan.”