Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, Maliseet, 1948-
She is a Canadian senator representing New Brunswick. She was appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin on September 21, 2005. A Maliseet from Tobique First Nation, she is an activist for aboriginal rights. She became known internationally when, in 1977, she petitioned the United Nations over the treatment by the Canadian government of aboriginal women and children in Canada, in the case known as Sandra Lovelace v. Canada. In 1985, she successfully had a section of the Indian Act removed which revoked an aboriginal woman's Indian status if she married a non-aboriginal man. In 1990, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada and, in 1992, she received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. A longer biography appears in Native Leaders of Canada.

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