Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski) is an NDP Member of Parliament. Niki has been a key member of the NDP Caucus, 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 and the deputy critic for Reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.
Niki first ran for office at the age of 22 challenging an incumbent who opposed same sex marriage and winning the party nomination. She was elected as MP in 2008 at the age of 26.
Niki is a proud feminist and democratic socialist. She has brought people together based on a commitment to social, environmental, and economic justice. She is proud to work with Indigenous people, students, Labour, the LGTBQ community and women in the pursuit of justice.
Most recently, she ran for leader of the NDP where she championed bold ideas like opposing job-killing trade deals, supporting progressive tax reform, free post-secondary tuition, expanding Canada's socialized medical system to include dental, pharmaceutical and mental healthcare, support for public ownership, opposing environmentally destructive pipelines and a foreign policy rooted in justice and human rights.
Niki is a millennial, unafraid of challenging the status quo. She lives in Thompson, Manitoba, in northern Canada where she was born and raised.