From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada

Category: Book
Foreword By: Sinclair, Murray
By (author): Wilson-Raybould, Jody
Subject:  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Canadian
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: UBC Press
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*

Jody Wilson-Raybould outlines in impassioned, inspiring prose the actions that must be taken- by governments, Indigenous Nations, and ordinary Canadians- to achieve true reconciliation in this country.

From The Publisher*

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 what has to be done to deconstruct the colonial legacy and achieve true reconciliation in Canada.

In this powerful book, drawn from Wilson-Raybould's speeches and other writings, she urges us all- governments, Indigenous Nations, everyone- 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 revert to governments just managing "the problem." Frank and impassioned, she also argues that true reconciliation will never occur so long as governments deny Indigenous Peoples their rights and the Indian Act continues to exist. Until then, we'll be stuck in the status quo- mired in conflicts and expensive 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. Now it is time to act and build a shared future based on the foundations of trust, cooperation, good governance, and recognition. Removing the barriers that are keeping these solutions from being put into effect will not only empower Indigenous Peoples- it will enrich all Canadians and make Canada stronger.

Biographical Note

Jody Wilson-Raybould, also known by her Kwak'wala name Puglaas, is a lawyer, advocate, and a proud Indigenous Canadian. She was British Columbia Regional Chief from 2009 to 2015 and minister of justice and attorney general of Canada from 2015 to 2019. Throughout her career she has built a strong reputation as a bridge builder between communities and a champion of Indigenous rights, good governance, and accountability.

Prior to entering politics, she was a provincial Crown prosecutor in Vancouver and later served as an adviser at the BC Treaty Commission, a body established to oversee complex treaty negotiations between First Nations and the Crown. In 2004, she was elected as commissioner by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit.

She is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka'wakw or Kwak'wala-speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. Her traditional name, Puglaas, means "woman born to noble people," and she is a Hiligaxste,' "one who corrects the Chief's path."