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Aja Mason
Whitehorse, YK
Nominated by: Yukon Status of Women Council

Aja was born and raised on the overlapping traditional territory of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and Kwanlin Dun First Nation and now lives in Whitehorse on the traditional territory of Ta’an Kwach’an Council and Kwanlin Dun First Nation. Her diverse educational background includes a BSc in Neuroscience/Philosophy, a diploma in Northern Sciences, and she is currently completing an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the correlation between extractive industry activity (eg. mining) and rates of domestic and sexualized violence in the Yukon. Her small research consultancy business, Boreal Logic, does Yukon-based research projects and report writing. Aja is also the Co-Director of the Yukon Status of Women Council, a small NGO focused on promoting gender equality and social justice through research, education and policy analysis. Aja’s current project, the Yukon Advocate Case Review, analyzes the Yukon legal system responses to sexualized violence. Aja is positioned to bring a locally grown, interdisciplinary, critical perspective to various intersecting features of gender equality in the Yukon