Shaunagh Stikeman seeks Yukon NDP nod to take on Darrell Pasloski in his own riding

Surrounded by supporters, friends and family, lawyer and community advocate Shaunagh Stikeman launched her bid for the Yukon NDP nomination in Darrell Pasloski’s Mountainview riding. For Stikeman, it’s time to move on from a closed, tired and divisive style of leadership that isn’t getting results for Yukon families.

“If we come together, if we work as one, I know we can defeat Darrell Pasloski and bring real change for people and families in Mountainview. All my life, I’ve seen the value in bringing people together to create new ideas and find common solutions to our collective challenges,” said Stikeman. “For 14 years of Yukon Party government, we have seen the opposite approach. It hasn’t worked and it’s time for a change. That’s why I’m running to represent the Yukon NDP in Mountainview.”

In the 2011 election, the NDP placed a strong second to the Yukon Party in Mountainview, and Stikeman says she will seek to build on that result and bring new people into the fold.

“People in Mountainview deserve a fresh voice who will fight for them. Home to Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the community needs someone who will respect our Final Agreements and work with First Nations to build a better economy and quality of life for everyone,” added Stikeman. “When one of your own surgeons calls your health care system a ‘disaster scene’, you know that you have failed as a Premier. You can trust the NDP to put people’s health first and fix our broken health care system.”

Former NDP Leader Audrey McLaughlin praised Stikeman as a woman who could make a real difference for Yukon families. “Shaunagh is part of the next generation of leaders that can really move the Yukon forward,” said McLaughlin. “In her career and in her extensive volunteering, she has worked tirelessly to give a voice to those in our community that need it most. That’s the kind of vibrant, caring woman we need in our legislature.”

Shaunagh Stikeman brings tremendous energy and experience to her campaign. As a lawyer she has clerked with the Supreme Court of BC, litigated for Justice Canada and acted as legal counsel for Yukon First Nations. Shaunagh served on the boards of the Yukon Film Society, Cross Country Yukon, Garderie du petit cheval blanc and Montessori Borealis. Stikeman has also been collaborating with Yukon Cares to bring another Syrian refugee family to Yukon.

Stikeman is fluent in French and a proud parent of children at École Émilie Tremblay. Her partner is Anishinaabe, and their three young children share his indigenous roots.