Press Release on the Passing of Mr. George Braden
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Senator Dennis Patterson wishes to extend his condolences to the wife and family of his Senior Policy Advisor, George Braden who passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015, at his home in Nepean, Ontario.
“I feel privileged to have had the benefit of his experience, wisdom and dedication these past almost six years. He’s been a highly trusted adviser and a respected member of the Senate team who has won great esteem from everyone we have interfaced with over these years, particularly in the resource and government sectors,” Senator Patterson said in a tribute to Mr. Braden given in the Senate Chamber on May 27, 2015.
During his tenure at the Senate, part of Mr. Braden’s focus was on the northern, resource, and energy development files.
From his student days working as a geologist’s helper in the Barren Lands, Mr. Braden and his family have had an understanding of the importance of mining to the territories and Canada. He worked with enthusiasm and dedication with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines, The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), to help put mining on federal and territorial government priority lists. He also enjoyed a close working relationship with executives of mining companies operating in the territories, who appreciated his quiet and thoughtful advice about navigating the regulatory process and interfacing with northern stakeholders.
Until his final days, he continued to wield his fine brand of dry humour, keen intelligence, humility and humanity to support improvements for northerners. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Additional Facts about Mr. Braden:
- He graduated from Political Science at the University of Alberta and went on to obtain his master’s degree from Dalhousie University in 1976
- In 1977 to 1979, Mr. Braden was the principal adviser to the Honourable Bud Drury in diagnosing the chafing frustration of colonial and non-democratic rule in the Northwest Territories and the lack of progress in settling land claims
- In 1979, he was elected MLA for Yellowknife North and went on to become the first elected Leader of the Government of Nunavut, serving as leader until 1983
- George Braden was co-chair of the N.W.T. Special Committee on the Constitution that successfully lobbied Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet to include the recognition of Aboriginal rights in the Constitution, in section 35
- Braden was also the commissioner of the highly acclaimed N.W.T. pavilion at Expo ’86
- For many years Mr. Braden ably represented the N.W.T. in the North at the federal level as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs before coming to the Senate
Senator Patterson’s full Statement in the Senate can be found here: