Russell Mirasty

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Russell Mirasty

23rd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Assumed office
July 18, 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralJulie Payette
PremierScott Moe
Preceded byW. Thomas Molloy
Personal details
Born1956 or 1957 (age 62–63)[1]
La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada
Alma materRCMP Academy, Depot Division
ProfessionPolice officer (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Russell Mirasty SOM MSM (born 1956 or 1957) is the current Lieutenant Governor of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. He was appointed as Lieutenant Governor by the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette on the constitutional advice of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on July 17, 2019. Mirasty was sworn in on July 18, 2019,[2], filling the vacancy in the position left when the former Lieutenant Governor, W. Thomas Molloy, died in office on July 2, 2019.[3]

As Lieutenant Governor, Mirasty is the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II of Canada in the Province of Saskatchewan. He is the first Indigenous person appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mirasty is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. His first language is Cree.[5][2][4] His appointment was strongly welcomed by the First Nations peoples of Saskatchewan.[6]

He and his wife Donna have two children. At the time of his appointment, he and his wife lived in La Ronge.[5]

RCMP career[edit]

Mirasty served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for thirty-six years, from 1976 to 2013. He was one of only two Indigenous cadets in his troop at RCMP Academy, Depot Division. Following graduation, he served in seven of Canada's ten provinces. He also did a work exchange with the Northern Territory Police in Australia. Mirasty served as a volunteer aide-de-camp to previous Lieutenant Governors of Saskatchewan. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner and Officer Commanding, "F" Division in 2010, the first Indigenous RCMP officer to command a division.[5][2][4]

Following retirement from the RCMP, he has volunteered with a number of community service organizations.[5]


  1. ^ The Canadian Press (July 19, 2019). "Former head of RCMP in Saskatchewan named province's lieutenant-governor". La Ronge Now. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Premier Scott Moe Announces Swearing In Date For New Lieutenant Governor", Government of Saskatchewan News Release, July 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Lieutenant Governor Molloy dies following battle with cancer", CTV, July 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Former top Sask. cop Russell Mirasty named province's new Lt.-Gov., CBC, July 17, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Prime Minister News Release: Russell Mirasty
  6. ^ " 'This is historic': Indigenous leaders applaud choice of Russell Mirasty as new Sask. Lt.-Gov.", CBC, July 17, 2019.
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Frank Lewis
as Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
Canadian order of precedence
as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Succeeded by
Lois Mitchell
as Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Preceded by
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Order of precedence in Saskatchewan
as of 2019
Succeeded by
Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan