Olive Patricia Dickason – Métis, journalist, truly changed Canadian History

At the age of 50, Olive Patricia Dickason decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Aboriginal History at Ottawa University.

She was rejected. She was told there was no such thing as Aboriginal History.

Dickason appealed to a Belgian professor, Cornelius Jaenen, who agreed to take her in.

She completed her Master’s degree two years later, and her PhD in 1977. Her thesis would later be published as a textbook.

Dickason went on to teach Aboriginal History at the University of Alberta from 1976 to 1992.

Olive Patricia Dickason fought to put Aboriginal History into Canada and won.