LIVE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould was Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General and the first woman to be elected as an Independent Member of Parliament.
Jody is a lawyer, advocate, and leader in British Columbia’s First Nations, having previously served as regional chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations. Prior to politics, Wilson-Raybould was a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver and served three terms as an elected Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission. She was also elected BC Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2009, where she devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and health care services. A descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, she is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation, served two terms as an elected councillor for her Nation and was also a director and chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and a director of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board. Her recent memoir “Indian” in the Cabinet, is a #1 national bestseller.