Niki Ashton has a track record of standing up for Northern and Indigenous people. She was first elected MP for Churchill riding in 2008 and re-elected in 2011—then re-elected in 2015 in the redrawn riding of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski.
Named “Best Constituency MP” in 2012 by Maclean’s, Niki is proud to represent communities that fight to maintain Canadian jobs and control over our economy. She is a recognized champion for better living conditions for Northern and Indigenous people. And she continues to defend our Canadian Wheat Board from Conservative attacks.
Niki has also been a key member of Tom Mulcair`s team in Parliament. As NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic, she led the call for action on missing and murdered Indigenous women. A strong voice for gender equality and human rights, she was elected chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women in the 40th Parliament. She has also served as NDP critic for Status of Women, Post-Secondary Education and Youth.
A former instructor with University College of the North, Niki has an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University and a BA in Global Political Economy from the University of Manitoba—where she is pursuing her PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Greek (her mother tongue) and has studied four others.
Niki lives with her partner Ryan Barker in Thompson, where she was born and raised.