The minister of aboriginal and northern affairs has thrown his hat back in the ring ahead of the provincial election.

The Manitoba NDP announced Tuesday Eric Robinson will seek re-election with the party this spring as a representative in the Keewatinook constituency.

"Eric has been a strong voice for indigenous peoples and the north for over 20 years, and we are proud Eric is running to continue to make northern Manitoba a better place," Selinger said in a statement Tuesday.

"Eric understands the challenges that indigenous communities face and is focused on creating more educational and job opportunities so that young people can build a brighter future."

Robinson is from Cross Lake First Nation (otherwise known as Pimicikamak Cree Nation) in northern Manitoba.

Manitobans head to the polls April 19.