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Indigenous advocate Nellie Carlson remembered for perseverance, willpower – CBC

Founding member of group that helped restore treaty rights for thousands of women

Sep 15, 2020

Nellie Mildred Carlson is being remembered as a persistent advocate who fought for the status rights of Indigenous women and successfully lobbied for changes to the Indian Act.

Carlson died in Edmonton on Sept. 10. She was 93 years old.

“She was single-minded, nothing swayed her,” Myrna Sirett, Carlson’s daughter, told CBC’s Edmonton AM. “If it were me, I would have let a lot of people talk me out of how big that job was. But she did not allow that. She gave no space for failure.”

In the early 1970s, Carlson was one of the founding members of the group Indian Rights for Indian Women, along with Kathleen Steinhauer and Jenny Margetts.

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