From Where I Stand
Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada
An Indigenous leader who has dedicated her life to Indigenous Rights, Jody Wilson-Raybould has represented both First Nations and the Crown at the highest levels. And she is not afraid to give Canadians what they need most - straight talk on how to deconstruct Canada's dark colonial legacy and embrace a new era of recognition and reconciliation. In this powerful book, drawn from Wilson-Raybould's speeches and other writings, she urges all Canadians - both Indigenous and non-Indigenous - to build upon the momentum already gained in the reconciliation process or risk hard-won progress being lost. The choice is stark: support Indigenous-led initiatives for Nation rebuilding or continue to allow governments to just "manage the problem." She also argues that true reconciliation will never occur unless governments transcend barriers enshrined in the Indian Act that continue to deny Indigenous Peoples their rights. Until then, we'll be stuck in the status quo - mired in conflicts and court cases that do nothing to improve people's lives or heal the country. The good news is that Indigenous Nations already have the solutions. But now is time to act and build a shared postcolonial future based on the foundations of trust, cooperation, recognition, and good governance. Frank and impassioned, this book charts a course forward - one that will not only empower Indigenous Peoples but strengthen the well-being of Canada and all Canadians. From Where I Stand is indispensable reading for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the reconciliation process to know what they can do to make a difference -- ranging from engaged citizens, leaders, and policy-makers to students, educators, and academics, and to lawyers and consultants.