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Jody Wilson-Raybould Turns Down Reconciliation's Crown Jewel

March 8, 2019

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Jody Wilson-Raybould Turns Down Reconciliation’s Crown Jewel

Winnipeg, MB – It is surprising to hear that, prior to her appointment as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould turned down the Indigenous Services portfolio. According to Wilson-Raybould, her long-standing opposition to the Indian Act informed her decision. But this reason does not sit well with the President of the Manitoba Metis Federation, David Chartrand, who notes that she was complicit in upholding the Indian Act as Minister of Justice and as Attorney General.

"The biggest stumbling block for the Métis Nation, First Nations, or Inuit as they assert their sovereignty in this country is the Department of Justice and the Attorney General," said President Chartrand. "Look at the Daniel’s case or our 32-year Land Claims case. These kinds of cases take decades to get to a resolution and guess who is the gatekeeper preventing progress? It’s the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General."

Wilson-Raybould’s supporters have suggested that appointing an Indigenous person Minister of Indigenous Services is like asking Nelson Mandela to support apartheid. But as Chartrand noted, "this is wrong. After serving years 27 years in prison, Mandela worked with Deputy President De Klerk to dismantle apartheid. Had Wilson-Raybould accepted the position with Indigenous Services, she could’ve made history by dismantling the Indian Act," says President Chartrand. "This could have been the crown-jewel of reconciliation. For her to decline the position, I think, it’s kind of deceptive. In my view, I find it hypocritical to say you want to serve Indigenous people but won’t step up to the most important position."

"I state unequivocally," continued Chartrand, "her belief that no Indigenous person should be Minister of Indigenous Services is wrong. There are many great Indigenous leaders in this country, many present and past Métis leaders, chiefs and Inuit leaders who would stay the course and make the bold changes to the Act and who would not put their personal preferences over the pursuit of reconciliation."

March 8, 2019 – CTV "Your Morning" Interview: https://www.ctv.ca/YourMorning/Video/This-Indigenous-leader-thinks-Jody-Wilson-Raybould-should-have-done-things-differently-vid1630875

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