Thom officially sworn in as 17th NWT Commissioner

Margaret and Jim Thom. Margaret was sworn in as the 17th Commissioner of the NWT on Monday. (Josh Campbell/CKLB)

From the classroom to the Queen’s representative in Denendeh.

Margaret M. Thom was officially sworn in on Monday as the 17th Commissioner of the NWT.

Her daughter, and former Fort Providence mayor Tina Gargan says she’s proud of mother taking on this role.

“She’s such a beautiful lady, I know I sound biased because she’s my mother but she is a wonderful wonderful lady, who’s very caring and such a deserving person of this role,” said Gargan on Monday.

Thom is the third female to become Commissioner, and is the first from the Dehcho.

Frank and Beverly Hope along were also part of the ceremony, by piercing a hole in her moccasins, while the Deh Gah Gotie and Yellowknives Dene Drummers played prayer songs.

Thom is a former educator and is a residential school survivor.

She replaces acting deputy Commissioner Gerry Kisoun of Inuvik.

She was appointed to the four year term in June. Thom had served as deputy commissioner from 2005-2011.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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