Jody Wilson-Raybould (1971 - )
Jody Wilson-Raybould is a Kwakwaka’wakw woman who made history in 2015 by becoming the first Indigenous person to be Minister of Justice for the Federal Government of Canada. She is a distinguished prosecutor and First Nations leader.
- Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer by profession. She served as a BC Crown prosecutor for three years (2000-2003) before working on the BC Treaty Commission (2003-2009). She worked on more than a dozen treaty negotiations with First Nations and provincial and federal governments.
- She was raised in Vancouver and Comox, British Columbia.
- Wilson-Raybould is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. She served as regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations from 2009 to 2015.
- Her twitter handle is Puglaas, the native name given to her by her grandmother. It means “a woman born to noble people.”
- Of her post as Minister of Justice, she said, “This is where I’m supposed to be and I know that I have an opportunity to work with all of the ministers across government, and I recognize and embrace that opportunity.”
- In 2019, after a cabinet shuffle, she resigned her cabinet position as Minister of Veterans' Affairs.