Ethel Blondin-Andrew

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Honourable Ethel Dorothy Blondin-Andrew, PC (born 25 March 1951, in Tulita, Northwest Territories) is a Canadian politician.

Blondin-Andrew is a Dene woman who was the Member of Parliament for the district of Western Arctic in the Northwest Territories. She was also Minister of State (Northern Development) in the Liberal Cabinet of Prime Minister Paul Martin.

She was the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Parliament of Canada.[1] She was first elected in the 1988 election. She received a BEd from the University of Alberta in 1974.[2] Before embarking upon her political career, she spent many years working in the North as a teacher, and later as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the territorial government. Under Prime Ministers Chrétien and Martin, she served as Secretary of State then Minister of State, respectively, for Children and Youth.

In 2001, her work for Aboriginal communities was formally recognized by Brock University, who awarded her an honorary doctorate.[3]

She was re-elected in the 2004 election by a razor-thin margin of 53 votes, and was voted out of office in the 2006 election, after 17 years of service.[4][5]

Blondin-Andrew was the Chair of Sahtu Secretarial Incorporated from 2009 until September 2018.[6]

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Select publications[edit]

Live your dreams: by following our vision, aboriginals are changing perceptions and inspiring others. Aboriginal Voices. 6:15 July/Aug. 1999

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  1. ^ "Member of Parliament Profile (Historical)". Parliament of Canada. Government of Canada. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Entry from Canadian Who's Who". 1997. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Liberal Party of Canada – Official Web Site". Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Blondin-Andrew defeated in N.W.T." CBC News. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Profile – Blondin-Andrew, Ethel Dorothy". Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Charles McNeely elected new Sahtu secretariat chair by acclamation". Retrieved 18 February 2021.
27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
  Minister of State (Northern Development)
  Minister of State (Children and Youth)
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Sub-Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Title Successor
Secretary of State (Children and Youth)
Secretary of State (Training and Youth)
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Dave Nickerson
Member of Parliament Western Arctic
Succeeded by
Dennis Bevington