Wally Firth

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Wally Firth
Member of Parliament
for Northwest Territories
In office
1972–1979
Preceded by Robert Orange
Personal details
Born (1935-01-25) January 25, 1935 (age 82)
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories
Political party New Democratic
Profession Airplane pilot, broadcaster, flying instructor, fur trader, native rights worker

Walter "Wally" Firth (born January 25, 1935) is a former Canadian politician.

A Métis, Firth was the first Native politician from the North to win a seat in the Canadian House of Commons. He served as the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories during the 1970s. He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1972 federal election and re-elected in 1974. He did not run for re-election in 1979, but attempted to return to the House of Commons in the 1980 election. He was defeated in the riding of Western Arctic.

In private life, Firth had various careers as an airplane pilot, flying instructor, broadcaster and fur trader. He was also active as a Native rights advocate.

Firth made another attempt to return to the House of Commons in the 1997 federal election, this time running as an Independent in Western Arctic, but was again unsuccessful.

Firth subsequently returned to the New Democratic Party attempting to win the party's nomination in Yukon for the 2004 election but was unsuccessful.[1]

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Robert Orange
Member of Parliament Northwest Territories
1972–1979
Succeeded by
District abolished