Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker Series
DateWednesday May 19, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
2021: UNDRIP Is the Start, Not the Finishing Line
Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P. (Puglaas) – Canada's first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Canada's first elected female Independent Member of Parliament has been a leader among Indigenous peoples advocating for the proper recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights. Despite political rhetoric that promises change, and some incremental progress, the fact remains that this transformative change is yet to happen. Why do Governments struggle to effect true reconciliation? Why has this urgently needed change been so slow in coming? What should governments, Indigenous peoples, and the public be doing today to drive forward the real change that is needed? What role can the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples play in this work? Hear her answer these questions, and others, while sharing insights from her unique experience as an Indigenous and Canadian politician and leader.