"Indian" in the Cabinet
Speaking Truth to Power
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A compelling political memoir of leadership and speaking truth to power by one of the most inspiring women of her generation--now in paperback
Jody Wilson-Raybould was raised to be a leader. She was inspired by the example of her grandmother, who persevered throughout her life to keep alive the governing traditions of her people. And as the daughter of a hereditary Chief and Indigenous leader, Wilson-Raybould always knew she would adopt leadership roles and responsibilities. But she never anticipated these roles would take her from her community of We Wai Kai in British Columbia to Ottawa as Canada's first Indigenous minister of justice and attorney general in the Cabinet of then newly elected prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Wilson-Raybould's experience in Trudeau's Cabinet reveals important lessons about strengthening our political institutions and culture, and making the changes necessary to confront challenges like racial justice and climate change. As her initial optimism about the possibilities of enacting change while in Cabinet shifted to struggles over inclusivity, deficiencies of political will, and concerns about adherence to core tenets of our democracy, Wilson-Raybould stood on principle, and ultimately, resigned. In standing her ground, both personally and professionally, and telling the truth in front of the nation, she demonstrated the need for greater independence and less partisanship in how we govern.
"Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting at the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward. Wilson-Raybould believes there is a better way to govern and a better way for politics to function--one that will make a better country for all.
About this Author
The HonourableJODY WILSON-RAYBOULD, PC, QC, MP, is the former Independent member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville. She served as the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, the minister of veterans affairs and the associate minister of national defence until her resignation in 2019. Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer, an advocate and a leader in British Columbia's First Nations. She has been a provincial Crown prosecutor, a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation and a chair of the First Nations Finance Authority. She has also served as Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, who are part of the Kwakwaka'wakw and also known as the Kwak'wala-speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. Her traditional name,Puglaas, means "woman born to noble people."
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