Brenda Blyan is an experienced, dedicated, and effective professional who is committed to serving Metis Settlement members. She was elected to her role as Vice President of the Metis Settlements General Council (MSGC) in November 2022. Prior to her successful election, Brenda served for 5 years as the Administrator for Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement, the Settlement she is proudly a member of as well.
Brenda is passionate about her work and is dedicated to ensuring that the Metis Settlement and its members are respected, supported, and empowered. Additionally, Brenda is committed to building strong relationships with local and provincial governments, industry, and other Aboriginal communities.
Brenda has dedicated a large part of her career working with the Indigenous community, government, and industry. She has served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton, Manager of Aboriginal Business Development for Civeo Canada, and Program Coordinator for the Metis National Council. In her capacity as a private consultant and business owner, Brenda has also conducted research work and advised and lead projects for organizations such as Northlands Park, and the Edmonton Aboriginal Cultural Foundation. The latter specifically focused on low-cost housing needs for Aboriginal seniors. Additionally, she previously served as the provincial Vice President of the Metis Nation of Alberta and was appointed to the Metis Women's Council on Economic Security.
Brenda attended the University of Alberta pursuing a Bachelor of Political Science and Bachelor of Laws Degrees, as well as Athabasca University for a Master of Business Administration.
Brenda is a proud mother of three children and Kokum to five grandchildren. She makes her home in Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement.