MP Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) is one of Canada’s longest serving New Democratic (NDP) Members 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 believes in democratic socialist principles. Throughout her career, she’s brought people together based on a commitment to social, environmental, and economic justice. She's worked with national and community leaders and advocates on key issues including the fight for justice for First Nations, in the struggle against precarious work, and the fight for gender justice and equality.
Most recently, she ran for leader of the NDP where she championed bold ideas like free post-secondary tuition, expanding Canada’s socialized healthcare 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 lives in Thompson, Manitoba, in northern Canada where she was born and raised.