Disproportionate Interactions with the Criminal Justice System

Notes for an address by
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, QC, MP
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

To the
Inaugural Houston Lecture
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
September 13, 2018

... "

My upbringing, my education, and my professional and personal experiences, have all shaped my worldview and strengthened my determination to see a genuine transformation in Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and to be a part of meaningful and lasting improvements to the criminal justice system.

In doing this work, I was and am building upon the advocacy and leadership of generations of Indigenous elders, leaders, and people who have come before me, including my father. They devoted their lives to ensuring their way of life, their culture, their systems of governments and laws, their connection with lands and resources, and their economic opportunities, could be maintained and improved upon. 

As a proud Indigenous woman, with the great responsibility of being Canada’s first ever Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General, I feel a moral imperative to carry on this work and to help advance the necessary shifts that need to take place. I see my appointment to this role not so much as a personal accomplishment, but rather, as a symbol of how far Canada has come – but also how much further we have to go." ...