John Longchap had completed high school in Chibougamau and earned himself a diploma in Business Administration in Hull (now Gatineau) Quebec. For many years, John served on the local Council of his community. He became the first full-time Deputy Chief for his community. He was elected as Chief in 2000-2010. In his tenure, the Cree Nation has signed a 50 year agreement with the Government of Quebec and a 20 year agreement with the Government of Canada. John is now the Director General for the Cree Nation of Mistissini since 2015.