The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., was raised to be a leader. The daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, she always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. This led her to becoming Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General. A lawyer, an advocate, and a leader for British Columbia’s First Nations, Wilson-Raybould shares her unique perspective as both a community and political leader on topics such as Indigenous rights and reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership, and justice.
Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation with her traditional name, Puglaas, meaning “woman born to noble people”. A lawyer by profession, Wilson-Raybould has been a provincial crown prosecutor, a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation, a chair of the First Nations Finance Authority, and has served as regional chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.
In 2014, Wilson-Raybould secured a Liberal nomination for Vancouver Granville and was elected in 2015. 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 following the SNC-Lavalin affair. That same year, she ran as an Independent candidate for Vancouver Granville and, upon winning the election, became the first woman to be elected as an Independent Member of Parliament.
Wilson-Raybould released her memoir “Indian” in the Cabinet in 2021, which became a #1 national bestseller and was a finalist for The Writers’ Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy.