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Sandra M. Lovelace Nicholas

Assumed office 
September 21, 2005
Appointed by Paul Martin

Born April 15, 1948 (1948-04-15) (age 61)
Political party Liberal

Mary Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, CM (born April 15, 1948) is a Wolastoqiyik or Maliseet 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. She studied at St. Thomas University and also obtained a degree in residential construction from the Maine Northern Technical College. She is also a carpenter and a mother of four.

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