The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is mourning the loss of Justa Monk, described as one of its most influential and respected leaders.
A survivor of Lejac Residential School, the CSTC says Monk transformed his grief and loss into a passion for social and cultural change through his political career.
Monk served as founding Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council from 1981-1983 and again from 1990-1994, capping off his careers as an elected official last summer as he stepped down as Chief of the Tl’azt’en Nation.
Described as outspoken and forceful, Monk is remembered for his passion to change the circumstances of his family and the people for whom he was responsible.
The CSTC says he was also optimistic and believed that a better future was attainable for the Dakelh people.
Justa Monk passed on Wednesday at the age of 75.