Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on the passing of Jason Goodstriker:
“I am shocked at the terribly sad news of the untimely death of my friend Jason Goodstriker.
“Jason was a proud member of the Kainai band of the Blackfoot people. He served as band councillor, and was elected as Alberta Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations.
“He was a passionate Albertan, serving most recently on the Fair Deal Panel. He told me that he was energized by the opportunity to listen to Albertans across the province, and to tackle important issues about Alberta’s role in Confederation.
“Jason had a huge heart. He brought joy everywhere he went. He was devoted to his community, and was a loving husband to Tiffany and father to their children.
“He was proud to work in the oil and gas industry, and to fight for Indigenous people to benefit fully from the development of our natural resources.
“I was proud to call Jason a friend since we attended high school together at Notre Dame College in Saskatchewan. He will be greatly missed by so many.”
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.”