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Ethel Blondin-Andrew (1951 - )

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Ethel Blondin-Andrew is a strong Aboriginal leader from the Northwest Territories. She focuses her attention on northern issues, especially those that affect the health and well-being of Aboriginal children and women of the area.

  • In 1998 Blondin-Andrew was the first Aboriginal woman to be elected in the House of Commons into the Liberal caucus.
  • Blondin-Andrew was Minister of State for Northern Development from 2003 to 2006 and was Secretary of State from 1993 to 2003.
  • She received an honorary doctorate from Brock University to recognize her hard work and dedication in promoting the well-being of Aboriginal communities.
  • At a young age, Blondin-Andrew was forced to attend Grollier Residential School in Inuvik.
  • She has a Bachelor's of Education from the University of Alberta and speaks her Dene language fluently.
  • Blondin-Andrew works on treaty relations between the Dene, Métis people and the Canadian government.
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