Passing of Jason Goodstriker: Minister Wilson
Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson issued the following statement on the passing of Jason Goodstriker:
“We have lost an extraordinary person in Jason Goodstriker.
“He was the sort of person who left a strong impression on me and others around him with his generosity, sharp mind and easy laugh.
“These were the tools he used to serve the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) as a band councillor in the early 2000s before his election as Alberta’s Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations.
“Jason took on responsibilities like these with a deep commitment to fairness and transparency. He was the first band councillor to publish the band’s financials in the Lethbridge Herald, and it was work like this that caught the attention of the Native Nations Institute and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
“Many remember him as the voice of Indigenous gatherings, powwows and celebrations throughout Canada and the United States, yet another way he helped to bring together community.
“My heart goes out to his wife Tiffany, his children, his loved ones and his communities in their sorrow.”
Press Secretary, Indigenous Relations