Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief) Doug Thomas issued a public apology this week, in the wake of news of that he got a three-month driving suspension for drinking and driving reaching the greater public.
“To be clear, drinking and driving is not condoned by me nor the people of Splatsin and I accept full responsibility for my error in judgment,” Thomas wrote in a statement.
“I believe this lapse in judgment to be related to the mental health strain I have experienced in my role as Splatsin Chief.”
Thomas explained that he has been transparent about his actions and called a Splatsin community meeting on Thursday, July 11 to openly discuss the issue with band members. However, there were two deaths in the community and the meeting was rescheduled to Monday, July 22.