Nick Sibbeston

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The Honourable
Nick G. Sibbeston
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Senator for Northwest Territories
Assumed office
September 2, 1999
Appointed by Jean Chrétien
4th Premier of Northwest Territories
In office
November 5, 1985 – November 12, 1987
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Commissioner John Havelock Parker
Preceded by Richard Nerysoo
Succeeded by Dennis Patterson
Personal details
Born (1943-11-21) November 21, 1943 (age 71)
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
Political party Liberal Party of Canada
Religion Roman Catholic

Nick G. Sibbeston (born November 21, 1943)[1] is a Canadian Senator. He attended residential school in Fort Simpson, Providence, Inuvik, and Yellowknife, and the University of Alberta where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees.

Political career[edit]

In 1970, Sibbeston was elected to a four-year term on the North West Territorial Council until he was defeated by William Lafferty in the 1975 Northwest Territories general election. He was re-elected in the 1979 Northwest Territories general election and served until 1991. During his second term in the Legislative Assembly, Sibbeston was elected to serve in the Executive Council. He would serve six years in Cabinet until he was elected to serve as the fourth Premier of the Northwest Territories from 1985 until 1987.

Civil servant[edit]

After 1991, Sibbeston worked briefly for the Government of Northwest Territories. 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 and Slavey language advisor for the television program North of 60.


He was a lawyer before being appointed to the Senate on September 2, 1999. In the Senate, one of his goals has been to find a new name for the Northwest Territories to better reflect his jurisdiction's geography and people.

On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Sibbeston, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents.[2] According to Senate Opposition leader James Cowan, the Senators will still refer to themselves as Liberals even if they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.[3]


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Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Preceded by
New District
MLA Mackenzie-Laird
Succeeded by
William Lafferty
Preceded by
William Lafferty
MLA Mackenzie-Laird
Succeeded by
District Abolished
Preceded by
New District
MLA Deh Cho Gah
Succeeded by
District Abolished
Preceded by
New District
MLA Nahendeh
Succeeded by
Jim Antoine
Preceded by
Richard Nerysoo
Premier of Northwest Territories
Succeeded by
Dennis Patterson
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Willie Adams
Senator Northwest Territories
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