Red Pedersen

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Red Pedersen
Mayor of Kugluktuk
In office
1 January 2014 – incumbent
Preceded by Ernie Bernhardt
MLA for Kitikmeot West
In office
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Riding dissolved
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories
In office
Preceded by Donald Morton Stewart
Succeeded by Richard Nerysoo
Personal details
Born 1935
Political party non-partisan consensus government
Residence Kugluktuk

Asger Rye "Red" Pedersen, sometimes Asgar Rye Pederson, (born 1935, Denmark) is a former territorial-level Canadian politician. In 1953, he got a job in the Canadian Arctic with the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) at Cambridge Bay, Nunavut (then the Northwest Territories). In the following year, he was sent to Perry River (Kuugjuak) to assist Stephen Angulalik, the Ahiarmiut Inuit owner of the trading post, with the financial records, inventory and ordering, as Angulalik spoke no English. In 1957, Angulalik sold the Perry River post to the HBC and Pedersen was appointed manager. Angulalik returned to the post after resolving legal problems and worked alongside Pedersen; they became lifelong friends.[1][2][3][4]

Public service[edit]

Ten years later, Pedersen became an area administrator for the Canadian government in Coppermine (Kugluktuk), Pangnirtung and Fort Rae (Behchoko). From 1983-1991, he was a member of the Northwest Territories Legislature. Pedersen was first elected to the Northwest Territories Legislature in the 1983 Northwest Territories general election, winning the Kitikmeot West electoral district. He was re-elected in the 1987 Northwest Territories general election. Pedersen was elected Speaker of the Assembly on November 12, 1987 and served that role until October 18, 1989.[5]

In 2001, he was one of three members of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT's "Independent Commission on Members Compensation". Pedersen was a Board Member and Chairperson of the Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency until his retirement in 2003.[6][7]

Pedersen retired from the Canadian Rangers, but his son and grandson continue the tradition.[8][9]

In December 2013, Pedersen was acclaimed as mayor of Kugluktuk.[10]


  1. ^ "CPA Activities: The Canadian Scene". Canadian Parliamentary Review. 10 (4). 1987. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Perry River Post". Kitikmeot Heritage Society. Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Kitikmeot Research Project". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Red Pedersen". Kitikmeot Heritage Society. Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  5. ^ "History of Northwest Territories Speaker 1975-present". Northwest Territories Legislature. Archived from the original on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  6. ^ "News Releases-2001". September 5, 2001. Retrieved 2007-10-27. [dead link]
  7. ^ Carole Mills (December 4, 2003). "Note of Changes to the IEMA Executive". monitoring Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly" (PDF). html. March 3, 2003. Retrieved 2007-10-28. [dead link]
  9. ^ Scott Costen. "Stamp of Approval for Canadian Rangers". National Defence and the Canadian Forces. Archived from the original on 2004-12-27. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  10. ^ Nunavummiut elect new municipal leaders

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Pederson, Asgar Rye, and David Repp. [Canada, Northwest Territories, Coppermine Eskimos, 1965]. 1965. Sound recording.

Further reading[edit]

  • Waddington, McLean & Co. An Important Sale of Inuit Art Comprising Sculptures in Stone, Bone and Ivory, Lithographs, Engravings and Stone Cut Prints, Including the "Red" Pedersen Collection, the Anne & Gerard Mulders' Collection, and Selections from Local Estates, Institutions and Individuals, to Be Sold in Two Sessions, Monday, December 14, 1981 at 7.00 P.M., Tuesday, December 15, 1981 at 7.00 P.M. Toronto: Waddington, McLean & Co, 1981.

External links[edit]

Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Preceded by
New District
MLA Kitikmeot West
Succeeded by
District Abolished
Preceded by
Donald Morton Stewart
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories
Succeeded by
Richard Nerysoo