Wendy Grant-John still remembers the day when the parents of her best friend slammed the door in her face when they saw she was an Indian. She also remembers her school for having separate entrances for white and Indian children.
The daughter of the Chief of the Musqueam First Nation in British Columbia, Wendy Grant-John somehow survived the racist invective that surrounded her early years to become a leader in her community. Three times she was elected Chief and was the first woman elected Regional Chief to the Assembly of First Nations. As Musqueam Chief she was part of two historic human rights cases argued before the Supreme Court of Canada and also helped establish the first aboriginal commercial fishery in Canada.
Catherine Clark spoke to Wendy Grant-John in Ottawa.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.