Sandra M. Lovelace Nicholas
- Liberal Party of Canada
Appointed on the advice of:
613-943-3635 or 1-800-267-7362
Ms. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas has been a driving force in securing
rights for Aboriginal women in Canada, and is also a wonderful
example of the impact one woman can have when she sets out to
correct an injustice. Challenging discriminatory provisions of the
Indian Act, which deprived Aboriginal women of their status when
they married non-Aboriginals, she was instrumental in bringing the
case before the United Nations Human Rights Commission and lobbying
for the 1985 legislation which reinstated the rights of First Nation
women and their children in Canada. In 1990, she was awarded the
Order of Canada, and in 1992, she received the Governor General's
Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. A Maliseet woman from
the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Sandra Lovelace Nicholas'
efforts have helped advance the cause of civil rights in this
country, and her pride, strength and determination have made her a
role model for many Aboriginal women. A proud mother of 4, she
studied at St. Thomas University for 3 years and has a degree in
residential construction from the Maine Northern Technical College.
She continues to make her home on the Tobique First Nation. Sandra
Lovelace Nicholas will be sitting in the Senate as a member of the
Liberal Party of Canada.