Former Liberal MP Ethel Blondin-Andrew, 67, who represented the Western Arctic, N.W.T., from 1988 to 2006, was the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Commons. A former teacher and deputy minister in the territorial government, Ms. Blondin-Andrew later served as minister of state for northern development under prime minister Jean Chrétien and minister of state for children and the North under prime minister Paul Martin. She was also the first Indigenous woman to be a member of the Privy Council and cabinet. She was defeated in 2006. Ms. Blondin-Andrew stepped down as the chair of the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated last May after serving nine years in the position.
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