Stuart Milton Hodgson
|Stuart Milton Hodgson|
|Commissioner of the Northwest Territories|
March 2, 1967 – April 6, 1979
|Preceded by||Bent Gestur Sivertz|
|Succeeded by||John Havelock Parker|
April 1, 1924 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
m. 28 Jul 1951
Stuart (Stu) Milton Hodgson, OC (born April 1, 1924) was Commissioner of the Northwest Territories (NWT) from March 2, 1967 until April 6, 1979. The first Commissioner to actually reside in the Northwest Territories, he was a leader in the construction of a semiautonomous, responsible self-government run by residents of the territory. He was appointed as a Citizenship Judge in British Columbia in December 1997 and served until 2005
Hodgson was one of the founders of the Arctic Winter Games - which began in Yellowknife in 1970 for athletes from Alaska, Yukon, and the NWT – and which now also include Greenland, parts of Arctic Russia, as well as Northern Alberta and Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and the new territory Nunavut which was formed from NWT in 1999. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 18, 1970 for his service to labour and government. Subsequently he received the Queen's commemorative medals for her silver, golden, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); as well as the Canada 125 medal in 1992.
When rapid changes in socio-economic conditions threatened the continuity of Inuit oral history, Commissioner Hodgson urged the taping of elders' stories. In 1974, the residents of Pangnirtung (since then becoming part of Nunavut) presented the Commissioner with eleven stories which were later compiled into a book. Hodgson was nicknamed "Umingmak" by the Inuit. For his services in the NWT, he was presented the public service's Outstanding Achievement Award in 1976.
From 1979 to 1981 he was Canadian co-chairman of the U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission. He was recruited by Premier William R. Bennett of British Columbia to run BC Ferries for a time in the 1980s.
He was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of the BC Transit in 1985.
- Commissioner Hodgson (standing) at the 1967 NWT Legislative Assembly
- My Little Corner of Canada - "The last colonial czar" by John Amagoalik
- Stuart M. Hodgson at the Canadian Encyclopedia
- "Stuart M. Hodgson Order of Canada". Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- "Decorated WWII veteran Stuart M Hodgson receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal as part of the celebration at Crofton Manor Vancouver" (video). Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- "Stuart Hodgson salutes after receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal". Vancouver Sun. June 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-25.