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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

From Where I Stand

Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

From Where I Stand

Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada

An Indigenous leader who has dedicated her life to Indigenous Rights, Jody Wilson-Raybould has represented both First Nations and the Crown at the highest levels. And she is not afraid to give Canadians what they need most – straight talk on what has to be done to move beyond our colonial legacy and achieve true reconciliation in Canada. In this powerful book, drawn from speeches and other writings, she urges all Canadians – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – to build upon the momentum already gained or risk hard-won progress being lost. The good news is that Indigenous Nations already have the solutions. But now is the time to act and build a shared postcolonial future based on the foundations of trust, cooperation, recognition, and good governance.

256 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword | Senator Murray Sinclair


Moving through the Postcolonial Door

We Truly Have Come a Long Way ...

Idle No More and Recapturing the Spirit and Intent of the Two Row Wampum

On the Parallels, and Differences, between Canada and South Africa

Our Shared Histories and the Path of Reconciliation

Rights and Recognition

Friduciary Gridlock and the Inherent Right of Self-Government

Translating Hard-Fought-For Rights into Practical and Meaningful Benefits

UNDRIP Is the Start, Not the Finishing Line

Defining the Path of Reconciliation through Section 35

Indigenous Rights Are Human Rights

Implementing UNDRIP

Governance in the Post-Indian Act World

Toppling the Indian Act Tree

First Nations Jurisdiction over Citizenship

Holding and Managing Our Lands

On Accountability and Transparency

Developing a New Fiscal Relationship

The Governance Toolkit and Building on OUR Success

Building Business Relationships and the Duty to Consult

Economic Development Depends on Self-Government

First Nations Are Not a Box to Tick Off

Who Owns and Is Responsible for the Water?

On Certainty and Why It’s Elusive

Restoring Balance, Correcting Injustices, and Remaining Vigilant

A Litmus Test for Reconciliation Is the Status of Women

Preventing First Contacts with the Criminal Justice System

On Sticking Our Necks Out

On Obstruction, Denial, and Canada’s Failure to Uphold the Rule of Law

Each of Us, In Our Own Way, Is a Hiligax_ste’


A Note on Terminology and the Speeches

Case Law and Legislation Cited


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