Ethel Blondin- Andrew is a member of the Dene Nation from Tulita, Northwest Territories. In 1988 she was elected to the Parliament of Canada for the District of Western Arctic, as the first Indigenous women to be elected to the Parliament of Canada. She then served as Secretary of State for Training and Youth from 1993-1997, and as the Secretary of State for Children and Youth from 1997-2003, making her the first Indigenous woman to be a member of the Privy Council and Cabinet.
From 2004- 2006, Blondin- Andrew was elected the Minister of State (Northern Development), and from 2003-2004 was elected the Minister of State (Children and Youth). In 2001, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Brock University. In 2004, she was re-elected to the Canadian Parliament, in total serving for 17 years.
Blondin- Andrew received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1974. Before entering politics, she spent time working as a teacher in the north, a college instructor, and National Manager of Indigenous Development Programs.
Blondin- Andrew is currently the Chair of Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated. Throughout her career, she has raised awareness and advocated for Indigenous Peoples, children, and persons with disabilities and the inclusion of Indigenous communities in the development of national, regional and local labour market programs.