Ethel Blondin-Andrew

Honourable Ethel Dorothy Blondin-Andrew, PC (born March 25, 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 is currently Chair of Sahtu Secretarial Incorporated.[6]

See also

Select publications

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


  1. "Member of Parliament Profile (Historical)". Parliament of Canada. Government of Canada. 10-02-2009. Retrieved 10-03-2009. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  2. "Entry from Canadian Who's Who". 1997. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  3. "Liberal Party of Canada - Official Web Site". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  4. "Blondin-Andrew defeated in N.W.T." CBC News. January 24, 2006. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  5. "Profile - Blondin-Andrew, Ethel Dorothy". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  6. Affairs, Executive and Indigenous. "Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
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
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