Graydon Nicholas

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The Honourable
Graydon Nicholas
30th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
30 September 2009 – 23 October 2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Michaëlle Jean
David Johnston
Premier Shawn Graham
David Alward
Brian Gallant
Preceded by Herménégilde Chiasson
Succeeded by Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 68–69)[1]
Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick
Profession Judge
Religion Roman Catholic

Graydon Nicholas ONB (born 1946) was the 30th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. An attorney and judge, he is the first Aboriginal person to hold the office, as well as the first to be appointed as a provincial court judge (in 1991), and the first in Atlantic Canada to obtain a law degree.

Early life and education[edit]

A member of the Maliseet nation, Nicholas was born on the Tobique First Nations Reserve. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University and, in 1971, a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of New Brunswick. He was the first First Nations person in Atlantic Canada to earn a law degree. He obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1974.


Returning to New Brunswick, Nicholas worked for the Union of New Brunswick Indians, serving as its chairman of the board (1976–1980) and president (1980–1988). He has also taught at St. Thomas University.

He was appointed a provincial court judge in 1991, the first aboriginal to be selected for the position. He has worked for justice for First Nations and other peoples.[2]

In September 2009, Nicholas was appointed as the next Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on the suggestion of Premier Shawn Graham with support from the opposition. He was the first Aboriginal named to this position.[2] He is serving a five-year term. He succeeded Herménégilde Chiasson, the poet and philosopher on September 30, 2009.[3]


  • New Brunswick Human Rights Award[2]
  • Fredericton YMCA Peace Medallion[2]
  • Canada 125 Medal[2]
  • Inaugural recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal[2]
  • 2011, Nicholas was honoured as one of Wilfrid Laurier University's 100 alumni of achievement.

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