Jody Wilson-Raybould talks about gender equality and reconciliation during Vancouver visit

The Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada gave her first official speech after being elected in Vancouver

Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould. Photo by Jody Wilson-Raybould.

When Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould signed on to speak at "Being the Change: Women, Policy and Making a Difference" at Simon Fraser University, it was a few weeks before the federal election and she hadn't yet been elected to office. 

Today, Wilson-Raybould is one of the most prominent names in the Trudeau government.

“So, you got a bonus. You got a Justice Minister!” presenter Gloria Macarenko joked at the sold-out event.

Wilson-Raybould admitted feeling nervous before taking the stage at the packed Djavad Mowafaghian room. Yet, that uneasiness wasn’t evident throughout her 40-minute-long speech where history lessons were combined with food for thought, and the occasional joke. 

Wilson-Raybould reflected on the significance of being Canada's first Justice Minister of Indigenous descent, in a country where Indigenous Canadians couldn't vote until 1960.

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