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The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould was the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville from 2015 to 2021 and served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Associate Minister of National Defence. She was a 2021 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy finalist for her memoir, “Indian” in the Cabinet. A member of the We Wai Kai Nation, Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. Her traditional name, Puglaas, means “woman born to noble people.” Wilson-Raybould lives in Vancouver.


Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalist Jody Wilson-Raybould on "Indian" in the Cabinet

Award History

2022 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power

Jury Citation

“Rising in the House of Commons, Jody Wilson-Raybould — who in a few short years had gone from Liberal minister of justice and attorney general to backbench Independent MP — promised that she would one day speak her truth. With “Indian” in the Cabinet, Wilson-Raybould delivers on that promise with a searing account of what happens when a political outsider attempts to find their way in the highly partisan Canadian parliamentary system, where power is increasingly concentrated and decisions are made from the centre of the Prime Minister’s Office. In an illuminating, page-turning read, Wilson-Raybould spotlights the ongoing struggle to reconcile two systems and styles of governance, one of which existed long before the idea of Canada as we know it.”

— 2022 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Charelle Evelyn, Jacques Poitras, and Lisa Raitt)

2021 Finalist

Balsillie Prize for Public Policy
for “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power

Jury Citation

"A thoughtful and respectful memoir, “Indian” in the Cabinet provides an overview of Jody Wilson-Raybould's time as a member of parliament and a senior federal cabinet minister. Wilson-Raybould describes how public policy plays out within an established institutional context, and shares her own powerful personal encounters with three long-standing features of the policy landscape in Canada: executive power, party discipline, and cabinet solidarity. This book is Wilson-Raybould’s plea that Canadians not take our institutions for granted, nor allow complacency to lead us into a collective malaise as we face the challenges of the future. It is our job to do the hard work and due diligence required to maintain good governance."

—2021 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy Jury (Samantha Nutt, Taki Sarantakis, and Scott Young)