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"Indian" in the Cabinet

Written by: Jody Wilson-Raybould
Narrated by: Jody Wilson-Raybould
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The Number One Best Seller

Finalist for the Writers' Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy

A compelling political memoir of leadership and speaking truth to power by one of the most inspiring women of her generation

Jody Wilson-Raybould was raised to be a leader. Inspired by the example of her grandmother, who persevered throughout her life to keep alive the governing traditions of her people, and raised as the daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, Wilson-Raybould always knew she would take on leadership roles and responsibilities. She never anticipated, however, that those roles would lead to a journey from her home community of We Wai Kai in British Columbia to Ottawa as Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General in the Cabinet of then newly elected prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

Wilson-Raybould’s experience in Trudeau’s Cabinet reveals important lessons about how we must continue to strengthen our political institutions and culture, and the changes we must make to meet challenges such as racial justice and climate change. As her initial optimism about the possibilities of enacting change while in Cabinet shifted to struggles over inclusivity, deficiencies of political will, and concerns about adherence to core principles of our democracy, Wilson-Raybould stood on principle and, ultimately, resigned. In standing her personal and professional ground and telling the truth in front of the nation, Wilson-Raybould demonstrated the need for greater independence and less partisanship in how we govern.

“Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting around the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the very public SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward. Now sitting as an Independent Member in Parliament, Wilson-Raybould believes there is a better way to govern and a better way for politics - one that will make a better country for all.

©2021 Jody Wilson-Raybould (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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Interesting but not revelatory

Interesting but nothing ground breaking. JT becoming leader of the Liberals was a clear indication of their hunger for power. His privileged attitude was clear from the start and enhanced by the Liberal party. That he did little on Indigenous issues, not a shock. JWR does not mention JT's comments about "sheds for canoes" in 2017 and appeared to have no comment on it at the time or support Romeo Saganash in calling out the PM.

Honestly I respect JWR for what she went through and speaking the truth. However at the end of the day aside from the broader issue of the Indian Act she seems fairly deaf to the concerns of indigenous peoples outside of BC. I can't help but feel that until JT's corruption effected her directly she was a clapping seal like the rest.

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Informative and Enlightening.

Amazing audio book! Hearing Jody tell her story in her own voice was at times very moving, inspirational and infuriating (that the current gov’t is racist, misogynist, and unethical). THANK YOU JODY FOR SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

In your next book: please tell us (descendants of colonizers and Canadian immigrants) how to build bridges with Indigenous Canadians to empower you, restore dignity, and learn your ways that have lasted the test or time, because when any Canadian citizen, young or old, learns of the history of this land we are abhorred. Colonization is wrong, how can we reconcile that? Help us stop the impotent apathy that is plaguing the population.

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we need more politicians like Jody!

What a hero and brave soul. Keep up the good fight! Well written, good luck with what ever direction you go from here!

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EXCELLENT!

I actually took the time to listen to chapters more than once. It was a detailed dive into how our government operates, how cover ups can be facilitated by the status quo in Ottawa. The chapters on SNC confirmed much of what I have seen in the industry and with government. But more so, the entire book laid out how hard JWR fought to maintain the rule of law in both the Canadian system, and the Indigenous system.

It should be required reading for anyone that asks the question - why has Canada made little progress on Reconciliation?

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Compelling, Powerful and Educational

This is an astonishing depiction of the happenings around Jody's time in politics and cabinet. She opens a window into her life so listeners gain an understanding of who she is, lessons she learns and people she relies on for decisions. Her strong work ethic, commitment and vulnerability allows her audience to relate to her and appreciate her courage, love and compassion she has for all Canadians.

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Incredible book - much more than SNC

I was listening to this book out of a sense of responsibility; because I believe in standing up and the breakdown of partisan actions that get in the way of true democracy.
I somehow expected it to be a summary of SNC from JWR’s perspective and that I would feel a need to hear JT’s version of the events.
However, this book is not about us vs them. Itd JWR’s story of growth, leadership and values. The story of First Nation women and the battles they have to fight for equity. It is a story of misogyny, politics, and becoming aware of our broken system. It’s a story of self reflection, relationships, integrity and pain.
It’s a story of change and it provides me with loads of hope for our future.
It inspires me to continue my own walk of speaking my truth and being confident in what I believe to be right.
Thanks JWR, for leaving a greet legacy to all Canadians.

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Valuable Insight From An Ethical Person

I was moved considerably by Ms Wilson-Raybould's recounting of her experiences during her tenure in the Liberal Cabinet. While not surprised she encountered racism and misogyny, it still shocked me that our so called "feminist" Prime Minister not only allowed it but encouraged it. Shame on all of you.
Thank you Ms Wilson-Raybould for your service, your ethics and for sharing what happened.

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If your Canadian this is a must read!

I believe this book should be an eye opener to the fact Canada is far short of a democracy because of a few of the politicians that obscure those who could and will someday make Canada better. Thank you Jody.

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Truly a key reading to acquire a new mindset

I would say that reading this book will have a lasting impact on me. I deeply respect the indigenous voice of Jody Wilson-Raybould and her transparency in sharing what the rule of law means for all of us and how our democratic institutions are as strong as our commitment to the principle that "words matter, because you cannot take them back".

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The truth in this book reveals the untruths!

The truth in this book reveals the untruths in Ottawa and the relentless cover up of media on a day to day! I am not political for the most part..or shall I say I was not in the past. However, the dialog in Jody Wilson-Rould's book has made me question the ins and outs of what truly takes place behing the scenes in our countries great parliament. When the media first began presenting the SCN-Lavalin debocal I could feel in my bones there was more to it than what we were hearing. I needed to hear both sides of this story and I am more than thankful that I chose this Audible as my first listen. The author is forthcoming in her accounting of the events and I found it very easy to trust her side as more of the truth that what PM Trudeau and the media presented. WE need to learn MORE! Our governments are pulling the wool...all of them, mostly because we have become sheeples. This book is the starting place to learning the truth! Thank you Jody Wilson-Raybould!

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