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Wendy Grant-John, Co-Chair of the Renewal Commission of the Assembly of First Nations, has served three terms as Chief of the Musqueam First Nation Chief and was the first woman elected Regional Vice-chief to the Assembly of First Nations. As Musqueam Chief, she launched the first Aboriginal commercial fishery in Canada, and led her community to win two landmark Supreme Court cases that solidified Aboriginal rights in the Constitution.
Mrs. Grant-John operates the Longhouse Seafood Market in Vancouver, B,C., and she is also an active member of the Four Corners Bank. She has previously worked at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Associate Regional Director-General of British Columbia, and has served as a lay bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and as Board Member with Canadian Lands Company Limited. She has also served as a Commissioner on the Pacific Salmon Commission. She was a founding member and director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (1998) and a founder of Musqueam Weavers. She once considered joining the political arena in a Canadian Federal election She is the proud mother of four children and grandmother of six... and still counting.
Mrs. Grant-John has an honorary doctorate of Law from Royal Roads University and has won many distinctions and awards, including the 2001 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Social Action. At the 2006 National Aboriginal Achievement Award, she was recognized for her 30 year career in advancing Aboriginal cultural, social and political advancement in Canada and for diversifying the economic base of the Musqueam reserve.