Oct 3/97: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em


The Vancouver Sun
Friday, October 3, 1997, p. B6
Stewart Bell

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After years of lobbying governments to recognize the rights of Canada's aboriginal people, former Musqueam band chief Wendy Grant-John has taken a senior job at the department of Indian affairs. Grant-John has been hired to fill the second-highest ranking position in the BC regional office of the department, which oversees the administration of programs to the province's 197 Indian bands.

Her new title is associate regional director general. She will work alongside John Watson, BC's top Indian affairs official. The salary range for Grant-John's position is $79,300 to 93,200. Grant-John accepted the job just weeks after campaigning to become national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She earned 46% of the votes in last July's election, but narrowly lost to Phil Fontaine. Grant-John was chief of the Musqueam band in Vancouver and BC vice chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

She was known as Wendy Grant until her marriage to Chief Edward John, a leader of the First Nations Summit, the organization that represents B.C. tribal groups involved in treaty negotiations with the federal and provincial governments. [abbreviated and shortened - S.I.S.I.S.]

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