As a Northern politician, I came up in the consensus form of government where there are no political parties. I look forward to working with my fellow Senators to deal with legislation and policy in an independent fashion.
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.
Senator Sibbeston was born in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. and attended residential school in Fort Simpson, Fort 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, senator 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 he 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, senator 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 Dene language advisor for the television program North of 60.
In 1999, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He has served on numerous Senate Committees, including as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. In 2016, he changed his designation to Independent Senator.
Senator Sibbeston and his wife, Karen, live in Fort Simpson, NWT where they have been involved in several successful businesses. They have six children.