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Bills targeting Indigenous women’s rights the ‘culmination’ of career for retiring Senator Dyck

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Lillian Dyck, who became Canada's first First Nations woman named to the Senate in 2005, is retiring this month.

Ahead of her Aug. 24 retirement Progressive Senator Lillian Dyck, pictured at an April 2019 press conference demanding the government remove sex discrimination in the Indian Act, says the successful efforts to pass that bill was among her proudest moments in a 15-year career in the Upper Chamber. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Senator Lillian Dyck says that when she retires from the Senate later this month, she’s ready after having achieved more than she could have dreamed at the beginning of her surprise appointment 15 years before. 

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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