Jeanie McLean was elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the 2016 general election as the MLA for Mountainview. She is the Yukon’s Deputy Premier, and the first Indigenous women to be Deputy Premier in the territory. As well, she’s the Minister of Education, the Minister responsible for the Women and Gender Equity Directorate and is a co-chair for the Yukon Advisory Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and 2 Spirit+ Individuals.
During her time in office, she has been a strong advocate for women, Indigenous women and LGBTQ2S+ folks, participating in significant legislative advancements around gender identification, inclusivity and harassment in the workplace, rights for same-sex couples and PTSD presumption for emergency workers.
Jeanie has been instrumental in a Yukon-wide response to the final report of the national Inquiry into MMIWG and she has successfully worked to establish a First Nation School Board, of which 8 Yukon schools are now a part of.
Jeanie is an innovator and community leader, she previously worked as Director of Justice for Kwanlin Dün First Nation for seven years prior to her role in Cabinet. She has strong skills in developing partnerships, negotiating agreements to support collaboration and implementing action. Her practical approach is valued by partners and her ability to maintain engagement, including working through conflict to align interests, has been highly successful. She has a long history of participation on public advisory and working groups, bringing a woman’s perspective and commitment to improving the quality of life for children, youth and families. She is also committed to learning and passing on traditional and cultural values.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Jeanie provided significant guidance in the Yukon Policing Review, which resulted in the report Sharing Common Ground, a Review of the Yukon Police Force. She participated in the review of Yukon Corrections as a Yukon First Nation Advisor. She served as the Yukon representative to the RCMP Commissioner’s First Nation Policing Advisory Board. She has served as a Kwanlin Dün First Nation representative on the newly formed Yukon Public Safety Committee and Mental Wellness Strategy – First Nation Partnership committee, as the President of the Yukon First Nation Hockey Association (a hockey-mom at heart) and as the Vice-Chair of the Tahltan Health and Social Services Authority, for two terms.
Jeanie was born and raised in Yukon and is of Tahltan First Nation and Norwegian ancestry. She volunteers locally and has worked with her home nation in organizing cultural events and ceremonies. She has two sons ─ one a graduate from the University of Victoria and one a successful Yukon tradesperson building his independent life as an entrepreneur.
Jeanie brings a wealth of experience working for First Nations and public governments in B.C. and the Yukon, with a background in criminology, business, and First Nation governance.