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Third Haida hereditary chief stripped of position

Letter stripping Roy Jones Jr. of his hereditary chieftainship.

Letter stripping Roy Jones Jr. of his hereditary chieftainship.

For the second time this year, a Haida hereditary chief has been removed from his position.

A letter sent on Tuesday states Roy Jones Jr. no longer represents the K’aadaas Gaa K’iigwaay clan as a hereditary chief with any leadership position, and goes on to say he’s now only a regular clan member.

The letter addresses the Council of the Haida Nation, the Skidegate Band Council, the Old Massett Council, and the Haida people; and is signed by clan matriarchs.

Roy Jones Jr. was one of the signatories of a letter sent to the National Energy Board earlier this year in support of Enbridge’s application to extend the “sunset clause” for its Northern Gateway project.

According to reports, last year Jones Jr. was hired by Enbridge as a community consultant.

In August, two other signatories of the letter to the NEB were stripped of their chieftainship.

At an extraordinary potlatch, Carmen Goertzen and Francis Ingram lost their position as hereditary chiefs of their respective clans.

There’s on-going speculation if the other signatories will also be removed from their hereditary positions.

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