Photo by Whitehorse Star
Photo by Whitehorse Star
A fourth candidate has entered the race to represent the Yukon in Ottawa.
Victor Kisoun announced his candidacy for the federal NDP nomination on Wednesday.
He is the first and, so far, only Yukon contender to declare his intentions to take the national stage for the New Democrats.
A nomination meeting date will be set in the new year to vote on who will run as the party’s candidate for the MP’s office in the 2015 federal election.
Kisoun, a 33-year-old Whitehorse resident, defines himself as a “young cultural performer and community organizer,” according to an NDP electoral district association release.
He grew up in the North, moved south to pursue a career in film and television, and returned to the Yukon to work in the communities “while spending time with elders on the land collecting traditional knowledge and legends of the Kaska Dena people.
“My hope is that I am able to engage Yukoners from all walks of life and backgrounds —and especially to inspire the young generation who have been reluctant to engage in the political system,” said Kisoun, who is of Kaska Dena, Vuntut Gwitchin and Inuvialuit heritage.
“I want to be able to help them find their voice and flex their political muscle and exercise their responsibility to vote and to become a part of the democratic process. If we can mobilize this generation in the next election, together we can move mountains.”
Kisoun served as vice-chair of the Kaska Dena Council, focusing on resource negotiations and aboriginal rights and title.
He has helped create and direct youth land-based cultural camps, according to the release. Kisoun has also managed a tourism company, taught at the Yukon College, and appeared in and produced documentary films.
“Victor is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time on the land hunting, fishing and exploring northern Canada,” the release states.
“He also loves to cook, long walks in the bush and would be the first to admit he doesn’t mind the odd romantic comedy.”
Kisoun, if he wins the nomination, would face an uphill battle against incumbent Conservative MP Ryan Leef as well as Larry Bagnell, the decade-long MP and current Liberal candidate.
Frank de Jong, a teacher in Faro who once led the Green Party of Ontario, hopes to run under that party’s Yukon banner next year and is currently seeking the nomination.
The federal election is slated to occur on or before Oct. 19, 2015.
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