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Passing of Grand Chief Archie Jack

Founding Member and Leader of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

PRESS STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2005

(Penticton, BC) Members of the Penticton Indian Band and member Bands of the Okanagan Nation are mourning the sudden passing of Grand Chief Archie Jack.  Grand Chief Jack was killed in a single motor vehicle accident near Swift Current Saskatchewan early yesterday morning.  “Members of the Penticton Indian Band were profoundly shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden, untimely passing of Grand Chief Archie Jack” said Chief Stewart Phillip. “Grand Chief Jack was greatly loved and highly respected by the Elders and people of the entire Okanagan Nation.  In fact, Grand Chief Jack was widely respected by all who knew him” commented Chief Phillip

Grand Chief Archie Jack served as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band on three separate occasions for a total of ten (10) years. In addition, Grand Chief Jack served as Chairman of the Okanagan Tribal Council for a number of years. Grand Chief Archie Jack was a founding member and leader of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.  He also was the first member and Chief of the Penticton Indian Band to successfully run and serve as a School Trustee for the local School District.

“Grand Chief Jack was a man of many talents who enjoyed a full, vibrant and colorful life”, said Chief Stewart Phillip.  For many years Grand Chief Jack was involved in the rodeo circuit and became an accomplished saddle bronc champion. In later years, and up to the present, Grand Chief Jack raised horses on his ranch and was a rodeo stock contractor. Grand Chief Jack and his wife Joyce have been successfully operating their ranch for many, many years.

Chief Stewart Phillip stated, “Upon reflection, I would have to say Grand Chief Jack’s latest passion was the revitalization of the culture, language and history of the Okanagan people.”  “In fact, Grand Chief Jack was recently recognized and honored at a national Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Conference co-sponsored by Heritage Canada and the Enowkin Centre. . . Grand Chief Jack has served as a Language Instructor for both the Penticton and Osoyoos Indian Bands. In recognition of his long years of service and dedication to the revitalization of the Okanagan language, Grand Chief Archie Jack was awarded and honorary Doctorate of Nsyilxcen Language which was conveyed by the Okanagan Indian Education Resources Society under the authority of the Okanagan Language Authority.

“Grand Chief Archie Jack will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who loved him”, said Chief Stewart Phillip.  “His tireless dedication to his people and his significant legacy will undoubtedly reverberate throughout the ongoing history of the Okanagan Nation for many, many generations to come,” concluded Chief Stewart Phillip.   

For more information:

Chief Stewart Phillip, (250) 493-0048
Penticton Indian Band

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