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Judy Gingell

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Term of Office: 1995 (June 12) – 2000 (September 30)
Preceded by: Kenneth McKinnon
Succeeded by: Jack Cable

Born: 1946 (November 26), Mile 710 on the Alaska Highway, Yukon 


  • Judy is an aboriginal Canadian politician who served as Commissioner of the Yukon from 1995 to 2000.
  • She was the Band Manager for the Whitehorse Indian Band in 1969.
  • She worked for the Department of Finance as a bookkeeper.
  • In 1977 she was elected as Vice-Chair of CYI for finance and administration and held the position until 1982. From 1983 to 1984 she was Executive Assistant for the Vice-Chair .
  • She was elected president of the Yukon Indian Development Corporation in 1984 to 1989.
  • She was the Chair of the Council for Yukon Indians from 1989 to May 1995.
  • She was appointed as the first aboriginal Commissioner. 
  • In 2002 she ran in the McIntyre-Takhini riding for the Yukon Liberal Party in the Yukon general election but was not elected.
  • She received a National Aboriginal Achievement award for her work in 2005.
  • In 2009 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for her contributions, over the past four decades, to the promotion and advancement of Aboriginal rights and governance in Yukon."