Five Atlantic Canadians among Canada's nine new non-partisan senators

Five of Canada's nine new non-partisan senators are from Atlantic Canada, including a Nova Scotia indigenous leader who helped transform his First Nation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially announced the appointment of Dan Christmas, who played a key role in moving the Mi'kmaq community of Membertou from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the most successful First Nations in Canada.

Nova Scotia social worker and educator Wanda Thomas Bernard, the first African-Canadian to become a full professor at Dalhousie University, is also being appointed, along with New Brunswick women's issues expert Nancy Hartling.

Other Atlantic appointments include New Brunswick francophone Rene Cormier, who is prominent in promoting Acadian artists, and Prince Edward Island conservationist Diane Griffin.

(With files from The Canadian Press)