Niki was first elected MP for the Churchill riding in 2008, was re-elected in 2011, and again in 2015 in the redrawn riding of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski. In 2005, Niki successfully challenged the sitting MP for Churchill for the NDP nomination after she voted against the Civil Marriage Act, legislation that legalized same-sex marriage across the country.
Niki has been a key member of the NDP Caucus in Parliament, having served as NDP critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Status of Women, Post-Secondary Education and Youth, and is currently the critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development.
In the 40th parliament as NDP critic for Post-Secondary Education and Youth, Niki tabled the Canada Post-secondary Education Act, modeled after the principals of Canada Health Act, which would guarantee accountable, stable federal transfers for post-secondary education and would enshrine the principles of accessibility and quality for all Canadian students.
In the last parliament, as NDP critic for the Status of Women, Niki tabled a motion to create a National Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women, including the establishment of a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
As the critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development, which includes EI and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, she continues to fight for economic policies that promote economic equality, good jobs, and better access to the social safety net, and against policies that exacerbate inequality. In the 42nd parliament, Niki has launched a national consultation tour on the emerging crisis of the development of precarious work, particularly amongst the millennial generation.
Niki is a fierce champion for better living conditions for Northern and Indigenous people and is proud to represent communities that fight to maintain Canadian jobs and control over our economy. Niki was named 'Best Constituency MP" in 2012 by Maclean's.
Niki lives in Thompson, where she was born and raised.