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1. Become a registered nurse: Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture, Mohawk, 1914. It was illegal for Indigenous people to attend post-secondary education in Canada, so she studied in the United States then joined the U.S. Army serving in France for World War One.
2. Officially serve in the Canadian Armed Forces: Private Mary Greyeyes, Cree, 1943. She was posted overseas during the Second World War, working as a cook.
3. Publish the first novel: Sanaaq in the Inuit language, Mitiarjuj Nappaaluk, Inuit, 1951.
4. Become an elected chief of a First Nation (Curve Lake): Elsie Knott, Ojibwa, 1954.
5. Become a professional wood carver: Ellen Neel, Kwakwaka’wakw, 1954.
6. Be featured on a Canadian stamp: (first author & first women other than the Queen), Pauline Johnson, Mohawk, 1961.
7. Challenge the Royal Commission on gender discrimination and win back her Indian status: Mary Two-Axe Earley, Mohawk, 1967. This ruling is connected to the UN holding Canada in breach of human rights in 1981 (see Lovelace, below) and would later become Bill C-31 in 1985.
8. Become Olympians: in cross-country skiing, Sharon & Shirley Firth, Gwich’in, 1972. They were also the first Canadian women to compete in four straight Olympics.
9. Host Radio-Canada: (CBC’s French station), Myra Cree, Mohawk, 1973.
10. Become President of NWAC (Native Women’s Association of Canada): Bertha Clark-Jones, Métis, 1974.
11. Become a commercial airline pilot: (Land, Sea & Block Airspace), Dr. Alis Kennedy, Métis, 1976.
12. Become a lawyer: Marion Ironquill Meadmore, Ojibwa-Cree, 1977. The first Canadian-European was Clara Brett Martin in 1897.
13. Become a medical doctor: Dr. Elizabeth Steinhauer, Cree, 1980. The first Canadian-European was Emily Stowe in 1880.
14. Succeed in having the United Nations declare Canada in breach of human rights, as indigenous women’s Indian status was revoked if she married a nonindigenous man: Sandra Lovelace, Maliseet, 1981.
15. Earn a Masters in Library Science: Phyllis Lerat, Cowessess, 1981.
16. Earn a PhD in Biological Psychiatry: Until she earned her doctorate, she kept her Indigenous status a secret, Dr. Lillian Dyck, Cree, 1981
17. Be appointed an ex-officio member (non-parliamentarian) of a House of Commons Committee: Roberta Jamieson, Mohawk, 1982.
18. Win an Oscar: for the song Up Where We Belong, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree, 1983.
19. Be ordained by the United Church of Canada: Christina Baker, Cree, 1983.
20. Be named an Officer of the Order of Canada, Alanis Obomsawin Abenaki, 1983.
21. Produce a professional play: Flight, with the first all Indigenous cast, Maria Campbell, Métis, 1985. She also wrote the famous novel Half-Breed in 1973.
22. Become a full university professor: Dr. Olive Dickason, University of Alberta. She also wrote the first Canadian Indigenous history book written by an Indigenous person, Métis, 1985.
23. Become a Chartered Accountant: Charlene Taylor, also first to be the Director at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Heiltsuk, 1986.
24. Become a Member of Federal Parliament: Ethel Blondin-Andrew (Liberal) Dene, 1988. In 1993 she was the first appointed to privy council when named Minister of State for Youth and Training. The first Canadian-European was Agnes MacPhail in 1921.
25. Launch Canada’s first Indigenous commercial fishery: Wendy Grant-John, Musqueam, 1990.
26. Be appointed a Provincial Court Judge: The Honourable Justice Terry Vyse, Mohawk, 1991.
27. Be elected Premier of a Canadian Territory: Nellie Cournoyea, Inuit 1991.
28. Earn a Masters in Civil Engineering: Karen Decontie, Algonquin, 1991.
29. Become a chief executive of a steel company: Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, Inuit, 1991.
30. Become a Journeyperson in Carpentry: Deborah Nelson, Nuxalk, 1992
31. Receive a Rudy Martin Award: actress Tantoo Cardinal, Cree, 1993.
32. Be appointed a Superior High Court Judge: The Honourable Madam Justice Rose Toodick Boyko, Tsek’Ehne, 1994.
33. Be appointed Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs (first person in Canada): Mary May Simon, Inuit, 1994.
34. Publish a national native weekly newspaper (Turtle Island News): Lynda Powless. In 2006 she was listed as Top 100 Most Powerful Woman in Canada, Mohawk, 1994.
35. Become a Canadian Senator: Thelma Chalifoux, Métis, 1997.
36. Become a psychiatrist: Dr. Cornelia Wieman, Ojibwa, 1998.
37. Become the World Champion Hoop Dancer, in the adult female and male combined division (first female in the world): Lisa Odjig, Odawa-Ojibwa, 2000.
38. Earn a PhD in Aboriginal Economy: Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, Cree, 2000.
39. Become a dual Justice of the Peace (Federal & Provincial, first person in Canada): Her Worship Norma General-Lickers, Mohawk, 2000.
40. Win a gold medal at the World Junior Level Wrestling: Tara Rose Hedican, Ojibwa, 2002.
41. Achieve the rank of full university professor based on traditional knowledge: Professor Shirley Ida Williams(Trent), Ojibwa-Odawa, 2003.
42. Become a NDP Member of Provincial Parliament: Joan Beatty, Ojibwa, 2003
43. Become a RCMP Superintendent: Shirley Cuillierrier, Mohawk, 2004.
44. Participate in an International Cycling Expedition (Canada, Russia, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa): Miranda Huron, Algonquin, 2005.
45. File the first class action suit against the Federal Government for more than 70,000 Residential School Survivors: Nora Bernard, Mi’kmaq, 2005.
46. Become an Archaeologist: Brandy George, Chippewas, 2006.
47. Become a Senior Assisant Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (formerly INAC): Gina McDougall-Wilson, Algonquin, 2008.
48. Conduct the first study of female chiefs: Dr. Cora Voyageur, Athabasca-Chipewyan, 2008.
49. Become a Conservative Member of Federal Parliament: Leona Aglukkaq, Inuit, 2008.
50. Become a veterinarian dentist (first person in the world): Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe, Cree, 2009.
51. Have a solo exhibit at the National Art Gallery of Canada: Daphne Odjig, Ojibwa, 2009.
52. Anchor a national news television broadcast: Carol Morin, Cree-Chipewyan, 2009.
53. Become a deaf medical doctor: Dr. Jessica Dunkley, Métis, 2010.
54. Earn an Indigenous Environmental Studies bachelor’s degree: Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota, Brant, Mohawk, 2010.
55. Earn a PhD in Criminology: Dr. Lisa Monchalin, Algonquin-Huron-Métis, 2011.
56. Be appointed a Supreme Court Justice of a Territory: Supreme Court Justice Shannon Smallwood, Dene, 2012.
57. Become a Catholic Saint (the first Indigenous person in the world): Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk, 2012.
58. Become Canadian Red Cross National Director, Aboriginal & Northern Affairs, Disaster Management: Melanie Goodchild, Ojibwa, 2013.
59. Earn a Masters in Infrastructure Protection and International Security: Teresa Nadon, Algonquin, 2013.