On March 5th, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, came to UBC to speak to a captive audience made up of alumni, students and members of the law school and university community.
Hosted by the Allard School of Law, the minister took the opportunity to discuss her plans and priorities as Canada’s new Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The Minister addressed many of the pressing issues facing First Nations, including the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and the high number of Indigenous prisoners in the justice system.
Following the public address, a group of students from the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at the Allard School of Law had the opportunity to meet with the Minister.
“Meeting the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould was a highlight of my law school experience,” said third year law student Randy Robinson. “Minister Wilson-Raybould shared encouraging words when I told her about my future plans in law. In the period of Canadian history at the forefront of reconciliation, this encounter represents a momentous event for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous law students. It represents a call to action for those involved in the administration of justice. Minister Wilson-Raybould’s passion for equality and fairness illuminates not only an exciting period to be a law student but also for all Canadians.”
A video of this event is available online.