Sandra Lovelace Nicholas
Progressive Senate Group
First female Indigenous Senator from Atlantic Canada
- Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas was instrumental in bringing change to the Indian Act sections which deprived First Nations women of their status when they married non-Aboriginals. She lobbied and successfully brought the case before the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and was involved in amending the Indian Act in 1985 with a bill that extended status to these women, as well as that of their children. For her work, she was awarded the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Award.
- As a Maliseet from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Lovelace Nicholas has the distinction of being the first female Indigenous senator from Atlantic Canada.