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Biography

Date of Birth:  November 21, 1943

A lawyer, distinguished member of the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) Legislative Assembly and a former Premier, Nick Sibbeston has dedicated his life to public service, and particularly the needs of the aboriginal peoples of the North.

Mr. Sibbeston was born in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. and attended residential school in Fort Simpson, Providence, Inuvik, and Yellowknife. He graduated from Sir John Franklin High School in 1964. He attended the University of Alberta and graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees.

In 1970, Mr, Sibbeston was elected to a four-year term on the North West Territorial Council. And from 1979-91, he was elected to the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly.

During his term in the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Sibbeston served six years in Cabinet and two years as Premier. He represented the Government of the N.W.T. as Premier at First Ministers' conferences on the economy and a First Ministers' Conference on Aboriginal Constitutional Matters.

After 1991, Mr. Sibbeston worked briefly for the Government of N.W.T. as Justice Specialist and as a Public Administrator for Deh Cho Health & Social Services. He served four years on the Canadian Human Rights Panel/Tribunal. He also served as Cultural Advisor and Slavey language advisor for the television program North of 60.

Mr. Sibbeston and his wife, Karen, live in Fort Simpson, NWT where they have been involved in several successful businesses. They have six children.

Current Member of the following Senate committee(s):
Aboriginal Peoples                                         Member
        Energy, Environment and Natural Resources     Member