Sandra Lovelace Nicholas

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. She studied at St. Thomas University and moved on to earn a residential construction degree from Maine Northern Technical College. She spent time in the U.S. working as a carpenter. Lovelace Nicholas also worked for time as a treaty researcher and director for an adult care program.

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