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September 22, 2019

 
 
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We have come a long way toward reconciliation. But we are not there yet
We have come a long way toward reconciliation. But we are not there yet
 

Jody Wilson-Raybould

Jody Wilson-Raybould is the Independent Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville. She is the author of the new book From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada, from which this essay has been adapted.

 
A central lesson instilled in me from a very young age was to be careful with words because you cannot take them back – you must always speak the truth. This has been a vital teaching and one that has guided me in how I have approached the various roles I have been fortunate to play, including as a Crown prosecutor in Vancouver from 2000 to 2003, as Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for British Columbia from October, 2009, to June, 2015, and as the first Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Granville from October, 2015, to the present. And it guided me when I was subsequently appointed the first Indigenous minister of justice and attorney-general of Canada, from November, 2015, to January, 2019.

 
In these roles and others, I have given numerous speeches and lectures. It is not a task I take lightly. It is a privilege, but moreover, it is a responsibility when speaking on matters where there is urgency in people’s lives and when the words you say might have a substantive impact.

 
 
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