Former First Nation government worker Skeeter Wright joins Yukon NDP race in Mountainview

Former Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation executive director Skeeter Wright, announced today that he is seeking the party’s nomination in the riding of Mountainview ahead of this year’s territorial election. Wright is seeking the Yukon NDP Mountainview nomination so he can directly offer an alternative to Premier Darrell Pasloski through respect for First Nations, listening to Yukoners and the local economy.

“There are so many ways for the Government of Yukon to collaborate with First Nation governments in honouring the Final and Self-Government Agreements,” said Wright. “I also want to apply my work in the mineral exploration industry to discuss with businesses what can be done to enhance mineral exploration despite low commodity prices.”

As a champion several important community causes, including the development and successful argument of two court cases to protect McLean Lake, Wright has demonstrated a commitment to the community. As the top staffer at Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation, Wright was involved in Yukon First Nations’ successful opposition to the four contentious amendments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act added to Bill S-6 by the Yukon Party government.

Wright has been a member of a number of both territorial and national organizations’ boards, including Boreal Alternative Energy, Frostbite Music Society, the Yukon Conservation Society and Nature Canada as well as serving as a charter member of the Yukon Council on Economy and Environment.

This will be Wright’s second foray into territorial politics, having run in the riding of Copperbelt North in 2011. His expertise in both territorial and First Nations governance will provide a refreshing change from Premier Pasloski’s short-sighted and controversial negotiating style. For Wright, the Final and Self-Government Agreements legally established First Nations as governments, and instead of a relationship fraught with court challenges the Yukon government should be their partner.

“It’s time for a Yukon NDP government that will ask Yukoners first – not just talk to us after decisions are made. A government that will tell us about our true financial situation instead of hiding our debt. We need a government that will respect Yukon’s other governments. I want to be a part of that government under Premier Liz Hanson.”