Ethel Blondin-Andrew

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The Honourable Ethel Dorothy Blondin-Andrew, born March 25, 1951, in Tulita, Northwest Territories, is a Canadian politician.

Blondin-Andrew is a Dene who is the Member of Parliament for the district of Western Arctic in the Northwest Territories. She is 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.

Before being a Member of Parliament, Blondin-Andrew was a councillor in Fort Providence, Northwest Territories.

27th Ministry - Government of Paul Martin
  Cabinet Posts (2)  
Minister of State (Northern Development)
(2004-)
Minister of State (Children and Youth)
(2003-2004)
26th Ministry - Government of Jean Chrétien
Sub-Cabinet Posts (2)
Secretary of State (Children and Youth)
(1997-2003)
Secretary of State (Training and Youth)
(1993-1997)


Preceded by:
Dave Nickerson
Member of Parliament for Western Arctic
1988-
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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