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In 2007, Elders of the Algonquin Nation invited former journalist and news anchor Marie-Josée Tardif to become a Sacred Pipe Carrier, an honour that would entail a lifelong commitment to the study of Anishinaabe Traditional Medicine and culture. In addition to sitting on several international committees, Grandmother Marie-Josée is the co-founder of the Dominique Rankin Foundation and Kina8at, two organizations dedicated to the preservation of Indigenous traditions.

After a successful career in politics and serving as Grand Chief of the Algonquin Nation, Chief Dominique Rankin turned his focus to his role as a spiritual leader, devoting his efforts to teaching, healing, and promoting the cultural legacies of Indigenous Peoples. He is the recipient of many prestigious honours, but to many, he is simply Grandfather Dominique, a man known for his boundless energy, his irrepressible sense of humour, and the wide-reaching message of peace he shares around the world.