Senator Helen Hudson-MacDonald was born and raised in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Helen is a member of the Salt River First Nations. She has been involved in Aboriginal rights organizations and politics for many years in the Province of Saskatchewan and in the Northwest Territories. Helen became involved with the Friendship Centre Movement in 1971 spending many years as Board member of the Uranium City Friendship Centre and Saskatchewan representative at the national level. Upon her return to the Northwest Territories she became involved with the Uncle Gabes Friendship Centre filling the position of Secretary-Treasurer for four years before moving to Rae-Edzo, NWT. While in Rae-Edzo she became active in assisting the community in forming their first Friendship Centre and would become its first President until she left the community in 1986. Returning to Fort Smith, Helen devoted much of her time to the Uncle Gabe’s Friendship Centre and would become President of the NWT Council of Friendship Centres. Helen retired from the NWT Council of Friendship Centre in 2001., but remained active as a Member of her local Friendship Centre.