OKANAGAN LEONARD S. MARCHAND, SR. ELECTED-1ST STATUS INDIAN MEMBER OF CANADA’S HOUSE OF COMMONS
Born November 16, 1933, in Vernon, British Columbia (BC), Leonard was the 1st status Indian graduate from a Vernon public high school. Earning a Bachelor’s degree (Agriculture) at University of BC (UBC) & Master’s (Range Management) from University of Idaho, he published peer reviewed scientific papers for the Department of Agriculture & was a UBC Faculty Distinguished Alumni. Marchand was with the Native American Brotherhood before working in Ottawa for cabinet ministers. In 1968, as a Liberal, he won the Kamloops-Cariboo House of Commons seat—1st Status Indian elected to that body—and held cabinet posts as Minister of State for Small Business (1976-77) & Environment Minister (1977-79) until defeated in 1979. In 1984, he was appointed to the Senate, retiring in 1998. Awards include: Orders of Canada (1999) & of BC (2014); Queen’s Jubilee Medal; & National Aboriginal Achievement Award. In 2000, he published an autobiography, Breaking Trail. Marchand died June 3, 2016, in Kamloops, BC.
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