Lawyer Shaunagh Stikeman makes NDP nomination bid in Mountainview

Whitehorse lawyer Shaunagh Stikeman is making her first foray into politics with a bid to run for the Yukon NDP in Mountainview during this year’s territorial election.

Whitehorse lawyer Shaunagh Stikeman is making her first foray into politics with a bid to run for the Yukon NDP in Mountainview during this year’s territorial election.

She said the territory needs a change from the Yukon Party’s “closed, tired and divisive style of leadership.”

“I’m appalled to see relations with First Nations mired by unending court battles,” she said. “This government is not working for us.”

Mountainview is currently held by Premier Darrell Pasloski, who is expected to run for re-election. The riding includes the subdivisions of Hillcrest, Granger, Valleyview and McIntyre, which is home to the Kwanlin Dun First Nation. Stikeman lives in Hillcrest.

“People and families in Mountainview … certainly deserve better,” Stikeman said. “And I think that Darrell Pasloski has not served the community and it’s time for a change.”

As a lawyer, Stikeman has acted as legal counsel for Yukon First Nations for most of the last five years. She said she’s worked on a variety of issues related to “environmental protection, management of land and resources and protection of aboriginal rights and treaty rights.”

She said her legal background would help her build meaningful regulations and policy if she were elected.

During her announcement, Stikeman offered her thoughts on the Peel watershed dispute. The Supreme Court of Canada recently decided to hear the case, which centres on the Yukon government’s plan to open up a much larger area of the watershed to development than had been recommended by the land-use planning commission. The Yukon government has said the court case will provide clarity about the land-use planning process, but Stikeman said it shouldn’t have come to this.

“The final agreement was very clear about the process that needed to be followed,” she said. “And I do not see that it was to anyone’s benefit for the government to challenge that, to disrespect that and for parties to have to fight that all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.”

Stikeman has served on the boards of the Yukon Film Society, the Garderie du petit cheval blanc and Montessori Borealis Preschool. She has also volunteered with Yukon Cares, the organization that brought a Syrian refugee family to Whitehorse in January.

Former federal NDP leader Audrey McLaughlin was also present at Stikeman’s announcement last week, in support of her nomination bid.

“I’ve met her, of course, several times and just am really impressed with her knowledge, her ability to see both sides of an issue and not just be dogmatic but to really … bring people together. And that’s so important,” McLaughlin said. She added that she’d like to see more young women in the legislature.

Stikeman will be running against longtime NDP activist Skeeter Wright for the nomination in Mountainview.

Former city councillor Mike Gladish is seeking the Liberal nomination in the riding.

Contact Maura Forrest at

maura.forrest@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before using it on Nov. 24. The Yukon government is reopening the drive-thru option on June 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Drive-up COVID-19 testing opening June 18 in Whitehorse

The drive-up testing will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday and increase testing capacity by 33 spots

A draft plan has been released by the Dawson Regional Use Planning commission on June 15. Julien Gignac/Yukon News
Draft plan released by the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning Commission

Dawson Regional Land Use Commission releases draft plan, Government of Yukon withdraws additional lands from mineral staking in the planning region

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Let them live in trailers

“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city… Continue reading

X
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for June 18, 2021.… Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Yukon News file)
Yukon logs nine new COVID-19 cases, 54 active cases

More CEMA enforcement officers have been recruited, officials say

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its June 14 meeting

Murray Arsenault sits in the drivers seat of his 1975 Bricklin SV1 in Whitehorse on June 16. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Bringing the 1975 Bricklin north

Murray Arsenault remembers his dad’s Bricklin, while now driving his own

A presumptive COVID case was found at Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project. (file photo)
Presumptive COVID-19 case reported at mine in southeast Yukon

A rapid antigen rest found a presumptive COVID case on an incoming individual arriving at the 3Aces project

Jonathan Antoine/Cabin Radio
Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 8.
Fort Simpson asked for military help. Two people showed up.

FORT SIMPSON—Residents of a flooded Northwest Territories village expected a helping hand… Continue reading

A woman was rescued from the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska on June 16. (Photo courtesy/AllTrails)
Alaska hiker chased off trail by bears flags down help

ANCHORAGE (AP)—An Alaska hiker who reported needing help following bear encounters on… Continue reading

Two participants cross the finish line at the City of Whitehorse Kids Triathlon on June 12 with Mayor Dan Curtis on hand to present medals. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
2021 Kids’ Triathlon draws 76 young athletes

Youth ages five to 14 swim, run and bike their way to finish line

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Unacceptable’ that Inuk MP felt unsafe in House of Commons, Miller says

OTTAWA—It’s a “sad reflection” on Canada that an Inuk MP feels she’s… Continue reading

Lily Witten performs her Canadian Nationals beam routine on June 14. John Tonin/Yukon News
Three Yukon gymnasts break 20-year Nationals absence

Bianca Berko-Malvasio, Maude Molgat and Lily Witten competed at the Canadian Nationals – the first time in 20 years the Yukon’s been represented at the meet

Most Read