Lifetime Achievement (2013)
“Always deal with problems the best you can and move on.”
At the age of 96, he is a firm believer in passing down his Indigenous knowledge and teaching youth about the outdoors and caring for Mother Earth and all of her gifts. Van Bibber worked as a trapping instructor for the Yukon Government for 37 years and taught his 25th and final outdoors camp in the summer of 2012. Well into his nineties, he credits the outdoors, fresh air, lots of exercise and a good night’s sleep for keeping him active as a trapper and hunter. He and his wife began managing outfitting companies and he became one of the founding members of both the Yukon Outfitters Association and the Yukon Fish and Game Association. He was the first member of the Assembly of First Nations Veterans Roundtable in 2001 as the Yukon representative and has sat as a member for his First Nation as the first Elder Councillor. Van Bibber was awarded the Order of Canada, but takes the greatest pride in receiving the Clay Pugh Memorial Award for Sportsman of the Year from the Yukon Fish and Game Association in recognition of his work with the youth of the Yukon.