Born in N. Battleford (1945), 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 her extensive work in the senate on Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women. She is the first female First Nations senator and first Canadian born Chinese senator.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts, 1966, Honours, 1968; Master of Science in Biochemistry, 1970, 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 ; two eagle feathers in 2005; an Alumnus of Influence Award, College of Arts & Science, University of Saskatchewan in 2009; an Atlantic Human Rights Center Award in 2019; and most recently the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
Senator Dyck was a Full Professor in the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry and Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies & Research at the University of Saskatchewan.
In 2005, she was summoned to the senate by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin. She is the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. Her priority areas are Aboriginals, Chinese Canadians, Women in Science, Engineering & Technology, Post-secondary education and the tragedy of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Senator Dyck had given over 100 public speeches across Canada on these topics and others. These and her senate speeches are posted on this website.
Senator Dyck introduced Bill S-215: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women). This bill would have amended the assault and murder provisions of the criminal code to make Aboriginal female identity of a victim an aggravating factor.