Stikine officially nominates Gordon Sebastian as candidate to run in upcoming election


October 01, 2020
Stikine officially nominates Gordon Sebastian as candidate to run in upcoming election 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2020

STIKINE - UBC-educated lawyer and hereditary Chief, Gordon Sebastian, BC Liberal candidate for Stikine, seeks to advocate for the interests of all people.

Gordon Sebastian has spent most of his life straddling two worlds. Growing up as a child on reserve, exposed to poverty, domestic violence and racism, Sebastian first grasped his own potential while serving as an indigenous court worker where the ability to serve and advocate for his people became a personal mission for the rest of his life. He went on to challenge the UBC admissions process, gaining him entry into UBC law school.

Eventually, as a young lawyer and community member, in a supportive capacity he helped the Hereditary Chiefs in the Delgamuukw decision, the Supreme Court case that paved the way for the use of oral testimony in Canadian courts.

Throughout his life, Gordon has been afforded the opportunity to be an advocate for change and leader for both indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Sebastian practiced law privately until 2009 and is a past director of the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District 

and Trustee for School Board District 82. He has served on committees for several major infrastructure projects in the Bulkley Valley including the $22 million sports complex in Hazelton, BC. His advocacy efforts have included indigenous rights, language and cultural preservation, as well as environmental and economic stewardship. His latest role as Executive Director of the Gitxsan Treaty Society melds his professional skills with traditional Gitxsan culture.

Gordon Sebastian is a confident and hard-working individual, going to great lengths to fight for what he believes is right for all people in his riding and what is fair.

"The BC Liberal Party believes that British Columbia is in desperate need of a plan to secure the future of the province. Right now, it is vital that British Columbians have strong, disciplined and competent leadership. The BC Liberal platform includes the plan to create jobs and attract investment, and move forward with shovel ready projects that have the support of the local people in order to restore the confidence of British Columbians."

With the current political climate regarding the rallies concerning projects like Coastal GasLink and the Trans Mountain expansion, British Columbia is in critical need of an Indigenous voice who can accurately and reasonably advocate for an environment where all parties feel heard and respected. Gordon’s unique experiences in working with a vast array of individuals within his community as well as working on proposed economic development projects makes him the ideal candidate for aiding the people living in the Stikine riding in building a better BC.

The election date is October 24, 2020.

Media Contact:

Sarah Miller
604-648-4220
sarah.miller@bcliberals.com

Gordon Sebastian
Candidate Biography:

Gordon, is a lawyer and practiced law privately until 2009. Currently, working as the Executive Director in Gitxsan Government, he melds his past professional life with traditional culture in his role as a Simogyat, creating and achieving an environment of trust and fairness dealing with all people.

Gordon pays respectful attention to the local economy and opportunities of employment generated in the forest, mining and tourism industries. He copes with change maintaining the balance of local interests with potential economic benefit. He actively participated on committees completing the Hazelton High School and most recently the new $22 million sports complex in Hazelton BC. He has five daughters, plus three step daughters, all of which are professionals and independent hard workers.

He served as a Director on the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine and a Trustee on the School Board District 82. He advanced the accommodation of First Nations in economic development, and included culture and language of First Nations in Education.

Gordon’s vast experience working with his community, including First Nations provides him with a unique and detailed perspective to cope with change facing people living in the Stikine Riding.