About Niki Ashton
April 2nd, 2011 - 6:40pm
First elected MP for the riding of Churchill in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, Niki Ashton is a strong voice for Northern Manitoba.
She is speaking out on the third-world conditions facing Northern and Aboriginal people; she is fighting to maintain value-added jobs from resources across the North, including at the Vale nickel operation in Thompson; and she is demanding federal action to improve Northern healthcare, housing, infrastructure and transportation, education, economic development and support for residential school survivors.
The youngest woman in the 40th Parliament, Niki is now the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
A former instructor with University College of the North, she has an MA in International Affairs (Carleton University) and a BA in Global Political Economy (University of Manitoba). She is fluent in four languages, including Greek, her mother-tongue, and has studied four others.
Niki visits communities throughout Churchill on a regular basis, including on the North's many winter roads, and makes her home where she was born and raised: the city of Thompson.