YELLOWKNIFE (December 20, 2015) – Premier Bob McLeod issued the following statement on the passing of former Commissioner Stuart Hodgson:
"I was saddened to learn of the death of Stuart Hodgson on Friday, December 18. As Commissioner of the Northwest Territories (NWT) from 1962 to 1979, Mr. Hodgson laid the foundation for responsible, representative government for the NWT.
"Overseeing the move of the Government of the Northwest Territories from Ottawa to the new capital of Yellowknife, Mr. Hodgson was committed to bringing government closer to the people. During his time in office, Northerners took an increasing role in making the decisions that affected them, as the Council of the Northwest Territories completed its transition from a committee of federally-appointed bureaucrats to a fully-elected Legislative Assembly.
"As a promoter of the North nationally and internationally, Mr. Hodgson was responsible for establishing the Arctic Winter Games, held in Yellowknife for the first time in 1970. The Games continue to bring athletes and cultural delegates from around the circumpolar world together every two years, serving as a legacy to Mr. Hodgson's leadership and vision.
"Mr. Hodgson was known and loved throughout the Northwest Territories and will be fondly remembered for his devotion and dedication to the North and its people. On behalf of all the people of the Northwest Territories, I offer my condolences to Mr. Hodgson's family and friends."
A memorial for Mr. Hodgson will be held in Vancouver on January 14, with a Yellowknife memorial to be scheduled in the New Year.