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Lillian Dyck

The Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck, B.A. Hon, M.Sc., Ph.D. Senator Lillian Dyck was appointed to the Senate in 2005 by Prime Minister Paul Martin as representative of Saskatchewan. Before her appointment, Senator Dyck was one of Canada's leading neurochemists, whose research was instrumental in the development and patenting of new drugs to aid in the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson's, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's.

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Honourable Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, C.M.

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Statement made on 06 July 2010 by Senator Lillian Eva Dyck

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck:

Honourable senators, Bill C-31 was passed on June 28, 1985. Bill C-31 was an important event. Through that bill, for example, Senator Patrick Brazeau and I were able to gain status. Through the original Indian Act, women were discriminated against: When an Indian woman married a non-Indian man, she lost her status. There were many protests and the issue was taken all the way to the Supreme Court, where the case was unsuccessful — the gender inequity in the Indian Act was still there.

However, Senator Lovelace Nicholas championed the cause and took the case to the United Nations, where Canada was told that it was discriminating against Indian women. I believe His Honour Speaker Kinsella was part of that initiative in his former role with the Human Rights Commission in New Brunswick.

I thought it important to rise today to pay tribute to the Honourable Senator Lovelace Nicholas for the work she did 25 years ago. Later, we will receive another bill that attempts to remove further inequities. However, through her work with women of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Bill C-31 was passed.

I pay honour to my friend.

Hon. Senators: Here, hear!

Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Bill

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Lillian Eva Dyck | Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about this motion. I am definitely in support of it. The idea of a First Nations education act is critically important to the welfare of First Nations across Canada, and especially to our young people.

Income Inequality

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | What does the government intend to do to learn from the financial crisis, reduce wealth inequality, and follow the lead of other jurisdictions that have started to rein in compensation that has nothing to do with the productivity of the people who earn the average salary of a Canadian in half a day?

Broadcast of Senate Proceedings

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchelll | What is the leader's personal opinion about televising the Senate?

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Art Eggleton | That was supported unanimously in the Senate, so I take it, senator, that you would be willing to now advance this idea to the government.

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator James Cowan | My question is: Will this government put National Pharmacare on the agenda?
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