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Niki Ashton

NDP MP, Churchill - Keewatinook Aski, MB

Hailing from Thompson, Manitoba, Niki Ashton was raised by immigrants who worked tirelessly for social, economic, and environmental justice. At the age of 22, she challenged the sitting NDP MP for her home riding of Churchill for their seat in 2005. Her inspiration was rooted in her passion for equality and justice. When her MP voted against the Civil Marriage Act – legislation that legalized same-sex marriage across the country – Niki took action, and successfully secured the nomination. While she didn’t win the election she succeeded in showing the strong support for human rights in her region. At the age of 26 she ran again and was elected MP and has been reelected twice. She was recognized as best constituency MP by Maclean’s magazine as selected by her colleagues in 2012.

Niki has been a key member of the New Democrat Caucus in Parliament, having served as critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Status of Women, Post-Secondary Education and Youth, and most recently, as the critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development.

Niki has long been a fierce champion for better living conditions for Northern and Indigenous peoples, and is proud to represent communities and organizations that fight tirelessly for a more progressive Canada. She’s proud to support the labour movement and its struggles in support of working people. She is an activist, loud and proud, standing up for the rights of those facing inequality in Canada and around the world.
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I'm Standing Up For Canadians By Seeking Economic Justice

Our goal is nothing less than to build a movement for fundamental political change. Change in the face of the two big challenges of our time, growing inequality and climate change. This means rejecting the agenda that has brought us here. It is time to stand up to the billionaires, banks and corporations who are behind this agenda.
04/20/2017 01:39 EDT

Women's Forum 2014: Building the Feminist Agenda

This Thursday, I will host the third annual Women's Forum des femmes in Ottawa. The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively to begin "Building the Feminist Agenda". This year's...
10/29/2014 11:50 EDT
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The Minister of Health Must Act to Protect Women's Rights

With the New Brunswick Morgentaler Clinic closure last week, New Democrats urge the Minister of Health to work directly with her provincial counterparts in New Brunswick to ensure that safe access to abortion services is publicly available.
07/20/2014 10:54 EDT
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What You Can Do to Fight For the Morgentaler Clinic

After 20 years of providing uncompromised abortion services to women in New Brunswick, and from PEI, the Morgentaler Clinic is being forced to close its doors due to funding shortfalls. It is shameful that Canada now has two provinces that refuse to uphold a woman's right to choose, and provide necessary medical procedures free of cost to women.
04/11/2014 01:50 EDT
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On International Women's Day, Remember Loretta Saunders

Today, along with my family, community and caucus, I celebrate International Women's Day. Since childhood, I've participated in this day of global activity and celebration. On IWD we also march and shout and call out for the justice we have yet to be served and in defense of equality that ought to belong to all of us. This year, while Indigenous peoples along with Canadians across the country grieve for Loretta Saunders, I am finding it difficult to join in the spirit of celebration. Thursday the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women tabled a profoundly disappointing report.
03/07/2014 06:00 EST

For all Women, We Call for Action

Today is day 11 of the 16 days of action to address gender-based violence. Every year we call for action, because explicit misogyny, insidious discrimination and gender-based violence continue to provoke fear in the lives of women in Canada and in the lives of our sisters across the globe.
12/06/2013 12:39 EST
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Equality Unplugged: How Women "Really" Talk About Issues

When women engage me in my community, in Ottawa or across the country, they talk to me about the economy, about health care, about child care, about housing, about the environment. Simply put, all issues are "women's issues." But as Status of Women critic, I also ask questions about challenges specifically facing women.
11/12/2013 05:40 EST
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Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won't Canada Help?

Deaths as a result of unsafe abortions are preventable. Unfortunately, the Canadian government has no intention of saving women's lives through the provision of access to safe abortion services. The government will not fund safe abortion services in its overseas initiatives, as part of Canada's contribution to the 2010 Muskoka Initiative on maternal and child health. In addition, they also refuse to provide funding to organizations that would give women and girls referrals to safe abortion services. Canada's refusal to fund abortion services, even in cases of rape as a weapon of war and for young women and girls in early and forced marriage, is unacceptable. The WHO clearly states that in countries where there are few restrictions on the availability of safe abortion services, deaths and illness are dramatically reduced.
10/29/2013 12:44 EDT
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Women's Forum 2013: Fighting the Inequality Agenda

Tuesday, October 29, feminists from coast to coast to coast will join together in Ottawa and online to make history. Women's Forum 2013: Fighting the Inequality Agenda will see 22 feminist activists under 40, from across the country, share a message for social change. They will speak to the challenges that young women are facing, and most importantly how they are fighting back.
10/28/2013 05:11 EDT
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We Need Justice for Missing and Murdered Women and their Families

For seven years now, Indigenous women, men and children have gathered on Parliament Hill to ask the Government of Canada to acknowledge and act upon the murders and disappearances of hundreds of their family members. Their vigil is a powerful symbol of the strength that is born in grief and loss.
10/07/2013 12:59 EDT
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Harper, Stop Talking and Start Doing Something About Human Trafficking

First Nations women are being taken from urban and rural areas of Manitoba and Ontario and are sold into slavery, sent by ship from Thunder Bay to Duluth, Minnesota. As the MP for Churchill and the Status of Women Critic for the Official Opposition, I must call upon the federal government to react effectively to these allegations of terrible violence.
09/13/2013 05:42 EDT
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The Fraser Institute Knows Nothing About Child Care

The need for economic supports for Canadian families, like access to affordable universal childcare, has never been greater. Yet a recent report by the Fraser Institute claims that childcare, along with other frivolities such as housing, are not costs to be considered in the total cost of raising children.
09/06/2013 12:38 EDT