Studied and worked in Ottawa.
Born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University (Ottawa) in 1961.
Joined the news staff of the Ottawa Journal in 1961.
In 1962, joined the bureau of United Press International in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa; reported for many papers including the Ottawa Journal.
In 1970, became Legislative Assistant to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and served as his senior legislative advisor for fourteen years.
Appointed to the Senate for the Province of Alberta (Lethbridge) in 1984.
Inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship of the Blood Nation and given the name Morning Bird Woman in 1990.
Appointed to the Privy Council in 1993 and was the first woman to be named Leader of the Government in the Senate.