P.O. Box 1320 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Monfwi Electoral District:
Jackson Lafferty was acclaimed to the 19th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly in October 2019 representing the constituency of Monfwi.
Mr. Lafferty was first elected to the 15th Legislative Assembly in a July 2005 by-election, and re-elected to the 16th Assembly and 17th Assembly in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Mr. Lafferty was acclaimed to the 18th Legislative Assembly in November 2015, and was elected by his peers to be the Speaker of the 18th Legislative Assembly.
During the 17th Legislative Assembly, Mr. Lafferty was the Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Minister Responsible for Official Languages, and Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission.
Prior to being elected to the 15th Assembly, Mr. Lafferty worked as a Superintendent of Participation Agreements with Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. His other previous work experience includes: Community Development & Empowerment Coordinator for the Government of Northwest Territories, Administrator for the Rae-Edzo School Society, Assistant Manager for the Rae-Edzo Dene Band Development Corporation, and Community Liaison for Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
Mr. Lafferty has served on various boards and agencies including the Board of Governors for Aurora College and the Board of Directors for the Métis Dene Development Fund. In addition, he was Chairperson of the Dogrib Community Services Board, Chairperson of the Dogrib Post-Secondary Scholarship Fund and Band Councilor for the Dogrib Rae Band.
Mr. Lafferty is a dedicated advocate of language, culture and heritage revitalization for the North. He has been present at each national Truth and Reconciliation Commission event. In 2011, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Nunavut and the Legacy of Hope Foundation to develop a comprehensive and mandated residential schools teaching resource, which is used in NWT and Nunavut schools.
A fluent speaker of Tłįchǫ, he spearheaded the implementation of both the Francophone Affairs Secretariat and the Aboriginal Languages Secretariat to provide comprehensive and standardized services to language communities across the NWT.
Under the leadership of Mr. Lafferty, Junior Kindergarten was implemented in every community in the NWT, system wide education renewal was completed, and a comprehensive post-secondary education and training initiative was developed. In July 2013, his provincial and territorial colleagues in the Council for Ministers of Education in Canada (CMEC) requested that he lead the efforts to improve Aboriginal student access across Canada.
Mr. Lafferty and his wife, Dianne, have five children Jayde, Cheyenne, Sahara, Denae, and Ty. They currently reside in Behchokǫ̀.