"Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power


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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.

Title:"Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power
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    "Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power Reviews

  • Muckney Tipping

    Anyone who comes away from this book still believing the slanderous insults JWR's detractors have levied, ought to ask themselves why would a grown woman subject herself to this abuse willingly? The i...

  • Carole

    “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power by Jody Wilson-Raybould is an example of corrupt power in government. Wilson-Raybould was elected as a Liberal member of parliament in the Canadian...

  • Matt

    Give her 4.5 stars!There are many who consider Canada to be a land of docile individuals, happy to live together and work in harmony. For those readers, this book will dismiss that sentiment, while r...

  • Stacey Despres

    To answer someones question as to why Indian in quotation is because here in Canada now called Indigenous people not Native not Indian - being native I personally prefer native but who am I. Finally a...

  • Diana Tsui

    Compelling memoir written from the lens of a principled leader and Indigenous woman navigating a political system that continues to perpetuate power imbalance, systemic racism, and marginalization. In...

  • Joshua

    Canadian politics needs less Justin and more Jody. It's been interesting to watch some of the narratives about this book - that it is a revenge piece against the Prime Minister. It's far from that. Do...

  • Jon Coutts

    Jody Wilson-Raybould has an outlook on politics that's inspiring, if a touch idealistic. But the take away here is that today's partisanship is bad for parliamentary democracy, and Trudeau is as vaccu...

  • Ashley

    Points were made. Throughout this whole affair, I've wanted to hear more from Jody Wilson-Raybould, the fearless Indigenous leader in Canadian politics — so I jumped when I heard she was writing a b...

  • Shirley Schwartz

    Ms.Wilson-Rabould served as an elected Regional Chief in the province of British Columbia before she decided to move into federal politics. This is her compelling story about the time that she spent a...

  • Alida

    This book could have used a good editor. It's repetitive at times, and at others, glosses over what would have been useful information. I still gave it 3*s because I admire this courageous woman for s...