Member of the
Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, and a first generation
Chinese Canadian, The Honourable Dr. Lillian Eva Quan Dyck
is well-known for advocating for equity in the education and
employment of women, Chinese Canadians and Aboriginals. She
is the first female First Nations senator and first Canadian
born Chinese senator.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Master of Science
Degrees in Biochemistry in 1968 and 1970, respectively and
obtained a Ph.D. in Biological Psychiatry in 1981, all from
the University of Saskatchewan. She was conferred a Doctor
of Letters, Honoris Causa by Cape Breton University in 2007.
She has been recognized in a number of ways, such as: A
National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Science &
Technology in 1999; A YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for
Science, Technology & the Environment in 2003; and two eagle
feathers in 2005.