Canadian Minister of Justice & Attorney General to Visit Navajo Nation Next Tuesday

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould (right) will visit Navajo Nation on Tuesday.

Published July 20, 2018

WINDOW ROCK — On Tuesday, July 24, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould, will be visiting the Navajo Nation to meet with Attorney General Ethel Branch.  Minister Wilson-Raybould and Attorney General Branch will be discussing the role of legal advocacy in building strong Indigenous nations.  Discussion will include current issues facing the Navajo Nation and Indigenous peoples in Canada. The two chief legal counsels will examine key aspects of Indigenous self-determination and self-government and seek to strengthen their relationship.

Minister Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer, advocate, and leader among Canada’s First Nations peoples. Before entering federal politics, she served as a Crown prosecutor. She was also a Treaty Commissioner and eventually became Regional Chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN). Throughout her legal career, she has championed the environment and social justice, the rights of Indigenous peoples, the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to lands and resources, and improved education and health care services.

As Regional Chief of the BCAFN, Minister Wilson-Raybould devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance and held responsibilities for governance and nation building with the national Assembly of First Nations Executive.

In her current role as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould works to ensure that Canada’s justice system is as fair, accessible and efficient as possible, with a focus on the administration of justice, including policy in such areas as criminal law, family law, human rights law, and Aboriginal justice. Her Department also helps the federal government to develop policy and to draft and reform laws as needed. At the same time, as Attorney General, she is the chief law officer of the Crown, and acts as the government’s legal adviser, providing legal counsel and support, and is responsible for conducting all litigation for the federal government.

Minister Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples of northern Vancouver Island, and is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation.

During her visit, Minister Wilson-Raybould will meet with the Office of the President-Vice President, Speaker of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, Lorenzo Bates, and Chief Justice to the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, JoAnn Jayne.

Minister Wilson-Raybould and Attorney General Branch first met at Harvard Law’s International Women’s Day celebration on March 5, 2018 when Minister Wilson-Raybould delivered the keynote address. Both women were also honored as part of the 5th Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit, Women Inspiring Change, which showcases the contributions of women around the world to the areas of law and policy.  The honorees are considered powerful voices in their respective fields.

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