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B.C. Indigenous scholar Margo Greenwood appointed as senator

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WATCH: Dr. Margo Greenwood has been named as an independent senator to fill a vacancy for B.C. The longtime professor at UNBC in Prince George has worked extensively in health research with a focus on Indigenous health. – Nov 11, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the appointment of a new senator, Margo Greenwood, who will represent British Columbia.

Greenwood is a decorated scholar of Cree ancestry who has expertise in Indigenous children’s health and education.

She comes to the Red Chamber after serving as a professor of education at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George.

Greenwood, who is also from Vernon, was appointed in June to a three-year term as interim scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Indigenous health institute, which is hosted by the university.

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Since 2004, she has also served as the academic leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health.

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Her appointment comes on the advice of an independent advisory board that assesses applications for Senate vacancies and provides recommendations to the prime minister.

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Greenwood is the 63rd senator to join the upper house through the process, which Trudeau introduced early in his tenure.

In a statement, Trudeau said that her academic expertise and dedication to the well-being of Indigenous communities would “make her a strong voice for British Columbians.”

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