A respected TIB carver was caught at a North Shore strip club with more than a ceremonial knife on his belt.
Sisiaskit Jules pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a switchblade knife, which is a prohibited weapon. Crown lawyer Adrienne Murphy said Jules was arrested after an RCMP member in the Duchess on Tranquille Road became suspicious of drug activity in March this year.
Police arrested Jules with a small amount of drugs, as well as a switchblade knife, a pocket knife and pepper spray.
On his belt, Jules also wore a carving knife given to him by his grandfather, something lawyer Ken Tessovitch said was a religious item akin to the kirpan worn by Sikhs.
Jules, 37, is the son of TIB councillor Jeanette Jules. Tessovitch presented a letter from Chief Shane Gottfriedson regarding Jules' artistic contribution to the band.
He worked most recently as an archaeological contractor for the proposed Ajax mine.
"He's been well paid and his work is quite exemplary," Tessovitch said.
Judge Roy Dickey levied a $750 fine and ordered forfeiture of Jules' knives, other than the carving knife.