MLA adopted by First Nation faces a dilemma – Prince George Citizen

by ahnationtalk on January 11, 201978 Views

January 10, 2019

Doug Donaldson strikes me as an honourable man.

That just makes the situation he’s in that much more difficult.

Over 10 years in the legislature, he has established himself as someone who is deeply immersed in First Nations culture and traditions.

On occasion, he delivers messages in the house fluently in Indigenous languages. Congratulating a hereditary chief a few years ago, he said: “Um jabt, Simogyet Malii. Um jabt. That is ‘good job’ in Gitsenimx.”

A few years ago, he told the legislature: “I am the representative for Stikine, but I’m also an adopted member of Wilp Dawamukw (a sub-group of the Gitxsan nation). My Gitxsan name is Ax jabits, and it’s a Gisgassst fireweed clan.

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