Puglaas, Jody Wilson-Raybould

Puglaas, Jody Wilson-Raybould


Jody Wilson-Raybould PC QC MP also known by her Kwak’wala name, Puglaas, is a Canadian politician and the Liberal Member of Parliament. Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. The name Puglaas roughly translates to "woman born to noble people".

“I was taught to always be careful of what you say – because you cannot take it back – I was taught to always hold true to your core values and principles and to act with integrity.”

Wilson-Raybould has accomplished a lot in her short career that began when she was called to the bar in 2000. She was a provincial Crown prosecutor in Vancouver's Main Street criminal courthouse in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside from 2000–2003. Over the next several years she worked for the B.C. Treaty Commission, We Wai Kai Nation and B.C. Assembly of First Nations.

Wilson-Raybould served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in the cabinet of Justin Trudeau from 2015 until January 2019 becoming the first Indigenous person and third woman to hold the office. During the January 14, 2019 cabinet shuffle, Wilson-Raybould was moved from her role as the Minister of Justice & Attorney General to become the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

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