Women's Suffrage in the North
May 20, 1919
Yukon Women Get Vote
Yukon women won the right to vote and seek elected office.
June 12, 1951
Northwest Territories Women Get Vote
Women in the Northwest Territories won the right to vote and stand for office.
September 11, 1967
First Woman Elected to the Yukon Territorial Council
Jean Gordon became the first woman elected to the Yukon Territorial Council.
December 21, 1970
First Woman Elected to the Northwest Territories Council
Lena Pedersen became the first woman elected to the Northwest Territories Council.
January 20, 1979
First Female Territorial Commissioner
Ione Christensen became the first female territorial commissioner (Yukon).
June 02, 1997
First Inuit MP Elected
Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell was elected the first Member of Parliament for the newly-created riding of Nunavut, and became the first Inuit woman elected to the House of Commons.
February 15, 1999
First Woman Elected to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly
Manitok Thompson became the first woman elected to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.
April 17, 2000
First Female Premier of the Yukon
Patricia (Pat) Duncan became the Yukon’s first female premier at the head of the territory’s first Liberal government.
November 14, 2008
Aariak Becomes First Female Premier of Nunavut
Eva Aariak, the MLA for Iqaluit East and Nunavut's former languages commissioner, defeated Paul Okalik to become Nunavut’s second premier and the territory’s first female premier. She was, however, the only woman in the legislature.