Mary Jane McCallum

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Mary Jane McCallum
Mary Jane McCallum in 2023
8th Chancellor of Brandon University
Assumed office
July 1, 2021 (2021-07-01)
PresidentDavid Docherty
Preceded byMichael Decter
Senator from Manitoba
Assumed office
December 4, 2017
Nominated byJustin Trudeau
Appointed byJulie Payette
Preceded byJanis Johnson
Personal details
Born (1952-05-01) May 1, 1952 (age 71)
Political partyNon-affiliated
Other political
Independent Senators Group (2018-2022)

Mary Jane McCallum (born 1952) is a Canadian Senator representing Manitoba.

Early life and education[edit]

McCallum was born on May 1, 1952.[citation needed] She attended a residential school from the age of five.[1] She received a Dental Nursing Diploma from the Wascana Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1977 and a dental therapy diploma at the School of Dental Therapy in 1979. She earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Manitoba in 1990.[2]


A dentist by profession, and a Cree woman, she has spent much of her career working to provide dental and medical services to northern and Indigenous communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.[2]

She was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on December 4, 2017.[3][4]

On May 6, 2021 she was named Chancellor of Brandon University. She is the first Indigenous woman to hold the post.[5]


  1. ^ Cousins, Ben (June 1, 2021). "'Our hearts are broken': Sen. McCallum delivers gut-wrenching speech on residential schools". CTV News. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Mary Jane McCallum". PMO. December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Prime Minister announces the appointment of two new Senators". (Press release). PMO. December 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Trudeau appoints Mary Coyle, Mary Jane McCallum to Senate". Global News. December 4, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sen. Mary Jane McCallum becomes 1st Indigenous woman chancellor of Brandon University". CBC News. May 6, 2021. Retrieved June 1, 2021.