Ethel Blondin-Andrew

Ethel Blondin-Andrew

Ethel Dorothy Blondin-Andrew, PC, (born March 25, 1951, in Tulita, Northwest Territories) is a former Canadian politician.

Blondin-Andrew is a Dene 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. She was first elected in the 1988 election. 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.

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.

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