Former George Gordon First Nation Senator to be appointed to the Order of Canada

Since his retirement in August 2020, former Canadian First Nation Senator George Gordon continues to make an impact.

The Honorable Lillian Eva Dyck is one of 135 new people appointed to the Order of Canada. She said that when she first found out about it, she got emotional.

“I actually started to cry,” Dyck said. “You would be working in the area of ​​Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), it’s very exhausting and frustrating, so it was a great relief to be recognized for it all. “

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Q&A with retired Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck

Over the years, the former senator has worked hard to bring the issue of MMIWG to the forefront in the Senate.

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“Almost all Canadians are aware of the situation and understand that Aboriginal women are the targets of violence,” said Dyck. “That kind of awareness will start to lead to more and more changes.”

When asked what this recognition meant to her, Dyck said the Order of Canada was a perfect way to end her career.

“You don’t expect to be recognized; it makes you very proud and it makes me very humble, ”she said.

The Order of Canada appointments were announced by Governor General Mary Simon.

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On December 29, 2021, Simon announced 135 appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the highest honors in the country.

“Canada is defined by the people who make up this great country,” Simon said in a press release. “These most recent candidates for the Order of Canada are shining examples of the commitment and exceptional contributions of Canadians to the well-being of communities in this country, be it social, environmental, scientific, economic, cultural or related. to mental and physical health. “

There are four others from Saskatchewan who have been appointed to the Order of Canada. A complete list of all 135 candidates can be found on the website of the Governor General of Canada.

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Q&A with retired Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck

Q&A with Retired Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck – August 26, 2020

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