Grand Chief Edward John is a Hereditary Chief of Tl’azt’en Nation located in Northern BC.
Chief John was called to the BC Bar in 1980. He holds a B.A. from the University of Victoria, an LL.B from the University of British Columbia. As well, he holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria.
Chief John has served in many leadership roles at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Chief John is currently serving his eleventh consecutive term (June 2016 – June 2019) as an elected leader on the First Nations Summit Political Executive. He is a former Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (January 2011 – December 2016) and was involved in the development of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2007.
Chief John continues to actively engage with all levels of government, as well as community groups and organizations, to advocate for the full recognition and implementation of the Declaration.