Yukon NDP energy and education critic Tredger announces re-election bid‏

Yukon NDP MLA for Mayo—Tatchun Jim Tredger announced his plan to seek a second mandate as a member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly at the May Gathering held by Northern Tutchone First Nations in Minto Landing. Tredger, who lives 20 miles downstream from the meetings near the confluence of the Pelly and Yukon rivers, has proudly advocated for strong local communities, cooperation with First Nations and environmental stewardship as important pillars of a prosperous Yukon.

As a longtime school administrator, Tredger is known as a unifying voice whose belief in collaboration and sense of humour have earned him accolades from all corners of the community.

“Over the years, we have gotten together as neighbours to talk about governance, mutual respect and how to share the bounty of our land and our water,” said Tredger. “These discussions are not always easy, but they’re rooted in respect and every voice counts.”

With a large number of Aboriginal constituents in Pelly Crossing, Carmacks, Mayo, Stewart Crossing and Keno City, First Nations issues have always been top of mind for Tredger. Whether by defending First Nations language and culture education or championing First Nation governments’ land use planning rights, Tredger has been a strong supporter of Yukon’s First Nations final agreements.

Through his roles as the Yukon NDP Official Opposition critic for the Department of Education and the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Tredger has highlighted the importance of respecting Yukon’s land and water so that it can be preserved for future generations. As a member of the legislature’s special fracking committee, he heard firsthand that Yukon people do not want fracking. Instead, Tredger believes that Yukon can develop a green energy economy that both provides long-term energy security while creating local jobs for Yukoners. He is also proud to support the role of responsible mining in sustaining Yukon’s economy.

“We can have an economy that’s rooted in the land, nurtured by the water and tended to by the community. We should be building a long-term green energy future,” added Tredger, whose Pelly River home is powered by riverfront solar panels. “My wife Carole and I first moved onto the Pelly River because we wanted to be closer to Yukon’s environment. We have learned over the years how important it is to take care of the environment, because without it there really isn’t a Yukon to speak of.”

“We’re all stewards of Yukon’s land and water – and I hope my constituents and neighbours will put their faith in my defence of our values for a second time during the upcoming election.”