By Lethbridge Herald on January 26, 2020.
Members from all First Nations Indigenous communities and other parts of the province joined together at the University of Lethbridge Saturday morning to remember and honour the life and legacy of Jason Goodstriker.
Goodstriker, Ootsimiohkitopi (Sorrel Horse Rider), Tasunka Duta Akanyaka (Red Sorrel Horse Rider) passed away in Slave Lake on Jan. 16 at the age of 47.
Goodstriker was a proud member of the Blood Tribe and of the L/Dakota People of Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in Saskatchewan. Goodstriker was a well-respected leader, announcer, orator, educator and athlete, along with being a husband, father, son, uncle, and a great friend to many who knew him.
He was the Grand Chief of the Alberta Chiefs Assembly for a term and was instrumental with many national files that were impacting First Nations in Canada. Prior to being Grand Chief, he sat a term on the Blood Tribe Chief and Council, where he initiated new programs and services for the community. Goodstriker continued to be involved with issues that impacted Indian Country, as a spokesperson and resource person for various organizations and entities throughout the country.
During his education at the University of Lethbridge, he was remembered as a dedicated athlete, enjoying many sports, but he was also remembered for the impact he had on the university with Indigenous culture. He was the first ever First Nations student to be elected to the universities Students Union, and in his final year, he organized the Annual Native Awareness Week Powwow and carried out the announcing duties for that celebration.
Goodstriker received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Sociology Degree from the University of Lethbridge, and moved up to his Masters of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan.
Goodstriker soon stepped into the shoes of his father, Wilton Goodstriker, a renowned rodeo and powwow announcer. Jason soon embarked on a powwow announcing career that took him to places around the world such as Washington D.C., Honolulu, Toronto, Crow Fair in Crow Agency, Rosebud, and San Ignacio.
Throughout the morning, family, friends and co-workers shared words about Goodstriker and the work he had done to help Indigenous communities. Goodstriker will be remembered for always standing up to a challenge, taking positions that were not easy, and trying to find a way for First Nations people through the good and the bad.
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