Statement made on 28 June 2010 by Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas
Hon. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas:
Honourable senators, I will begin by saying I was not responsible for last week's earthquake. I will continue with the statement I started before the earth moved beneath our feet.
Before I begin my statement, honourable senators, I wish to thank Mother Earth for reminding us that we are here to protect her and not upset her with our lack of appreciation for her beautiful planet and the accord that has been shelved by our current government.
Honourable senators, woleadus yudaee, I attended an annual spring graduation ceremony of the First Nations University of Canada in Regina this month. It was a proud moment for the people of my community, the Tobique First Nation of New Brunswick. I was there to attend the graduation of a young woman and member of my community, Sabrina Bear. Sabrina, who is a single parent, turned her life around from drugs and alcohol to make a better life for her son and herself. Sabrina left the community to pursue a career in dental therapy at the First Nations University of Canada and of the many graduates that day, she was the only graduate from New Brunswick. Sabrina is a clear example that determination and help from community members continue to be the backbone of success.
Congratulations, Sabrina. May you light the way for other young women from our community.