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From Where I Stand

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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 how to deconstruct Canada's dark colonial legacy and embrace a new era of recognition and reconciliation

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Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 20th 2019 by UBC Press, Purich Books
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Bradley Metlin
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“I come from a long line of matriarchs and I am a truth teller in accordance with the laws and traditions of our Big House,” Jody Wilson-Raybould testified in front of the House of Commons Justice Committee. From Where I Stand is proof of this.

A collection of speeches, Wilson-Raybould’s voice is strong and comes alive. Some of them are more effective than others, as is the nature with any collection. Her introduction was so well written and engaging, I wish more of the book contained origin
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Those who are looking for a "Tell All" book on the SNC Lavalin affair, will be disappointed. But this collection of edited speeches that JWR has delivered over the last 10 years is worth a read. It is insightful, intelligent and aspirational. But it's sad to think of all the amazing things this woman would have done in the role of Minister of Justice, and that by standing by her values and integrity, she is now an outsider. I don't think she's finished yet......Jody Wilson-Raybold is the embodim ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who is Jody Wilson-Raybould? She was our first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada. She was also a Treaty Commissioner and Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, as well as a Crown Prosecutor in BC. This book is a collection of all her speeches on Indigenous rights, Canada's colonialism and refusal to acknowledge Indigenous rights, and the mistreatment of Indigenous from past to present in very important meetings ...more
From Where I Stand, by Jody Wilson-Raybould is a book containing a series of speeches and remarks by former Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, now MP for the riding of Vancouver-Granville. Raybould shot to fame in Canada through her role in the SNC-Lavalin scandal that erupted in Justin Trudeau's Liberal Government in 2019. This scandal revolved around the accusation that Trudeau and the Liberal's attempted to influence Wilson-Raybould's investigation of SNC-Lavalin in relation to ...more
Joanne MacNevin
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I agree with what she has to say. I just think that she could have gone a lot deeper into the issues she discussed had she decided to present those issues as chapters, rather than printing her speeches. Her speeches were well-written, but reading one after another after another tended to get really repetitive. I would have liked more depth.
Sarah Flynn
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has lots of important messages. Wilson-Reybould's baseline message on reconciliation is I believe the only right possible way to move forward with the world we've got. That said, her approach is sometimes maddeningly methodical and slow. I can imagine that there are people in all camps who would take issue with her thorough and fair approach, for all different reasons. But it is usually like that for the people who are preaching reason, fairness, and measured response. Those paths are ...more
Erica B
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author provides some strong speeches on Indigenous rights and the need for self governance. While fully acknowledging the need to get rid of the Indian Act and change the status of Indigenous people in Canada, what is missing is the how. Self governance is repeated as the cure all, but there is never any plan on how to achieve this, which makes me think of Quebec separatism or Brexit. With these ideas there was the grand idea, but no one quite thought of the way to get there and all the deta ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Canadians
Inspiring timely statements well articulated and presented.
"One thing I have come to appreciate in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous politics is that far too often people are seeking power for the sake of power itself, which is incredibly dangerous for society and, in particular, when governing in the complex world we live in. As in my culture, we have to"tame” the Hamatsa (MaleLeader/Chief). Modern democracies require that those who govern our elected to do so for the right reasons and must be
Jack Lee
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
- I learned so much reading this book and there is still so much to learn
- I really admire JWR's unwavering optimism and vision for the future of Canada
- JWR's analysis of the history of the Indian Act and ongoing legal battles relating to Section 35 ought to be required reading in secondary schools.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Her vision for a inclusive Canada— one that brings Indigenous communities at the table alongside settler governments— is a good one. However this collection of her speeches gets repetitive. As a non-Indigenous reader longing for more concrete actions I can take, this book left me disappointed.
Debi Robertson
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A collection of her speeches so some repetition. It answered a lot of questions for me and helped me to understand the issues at hand for the governance of indigenous peoples. It also raised a lot of questions for me. It took me a long time to read it but it was worth it.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Some of these speeches are more powerful than others. Unfortunately, particularly in the front end, they get very repetitive. Wish this had been more edited, or included more original writing. But happy to support JWR anyway!
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clear description of treaties, Colonialism experience in Canada and the road ahead to solve reconciliation and First Nation progress. Sad reflection of man inhumanity.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Informative but quite repetitive. I was hoping for more about leaving the liberal caucus.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books I've ever read. Need to work together for a better Canada for everyone! ...more
Siobhan Harrop-McDiarmid
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jody’s perspective on post colonialism and challenge of building healthy communities is valuable. I enjoyed this book and hope it is broadly read.
Cath Ennis
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up - very interesting and important content, but the structure didn't work for me. However, it's kind of my fault - I foolishly didn't look at the details before pre-ordering this book when it was first announced. The book comprises a collection of speeches Wilson-Raybould has given over the years, which turns out not to be a great format for me - there's quite a bit of overlap between some of the speeches, so it starts to feel repetitive in places despite the overall diversity of to ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you’re expecting to read about Jody Wilson-Reybould’s experience with the SNC-Lavalin controversy, you will be disappointed. Although she mentions it in passing, this book is about the papers she wrote and delivered to various audiences over the past ten years, regarding reconciliation and the recognition and implementation of Indigenous Rights, including Indigenous self-determination and the inherent right of self-government.

This is an excellent book dealing with the status, development and
Wendell Hennan
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book consists of speeches which she has given over the past 8 years resulting in a repetition of her thoughts. One of her strongest messages is the need for bands to plan and develop their own style of government and in that way move past the negative aspects of The Indian Act. As is the case with most lawyers, she is not short of words, however her achievements in leadership of her peoples are impressive.
Alida Thomas
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Important and Beautiful collection of essays and speeches from one of my heroes. A must-read for all Canadians.

"...I hope you will see the integrative nature of the challenge of reconciliation. It requires that we understand our shared history and reimagine our future; that we examine our individual attitudes and actions as well as our shared ones; that we understand our laws and legal system but not place too much emphasis on legal systems alone; that we recognize that new legislation is needed
Alex Mulligan
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of speeches JWR has given over the past 10 years, that interweave into a grand narrative about Indigenous rights, Justice, and the future of crown-indigenous relations.

I enjoyed the book, her speeches were thought provoking, interesting, and loaded with fascinating insights and ideas of someone who has dedicated their life to the advancement of crown-indigenous Relations. I thought it was a very good compliment to the work JWR performed as MOJAG, especially her thoughts towards rec
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trc
This book is a wonderful compilation of many of JWR's speeches. They are challenging, thoughtful, and beautifully written. If you are interested in Canadian politics and Indigenous reconciliation, you need to read them. ...more
Mike Lemay
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of great speeches and thoughts. I can’t help but be left with the feeling that we will achieve reconciliation in Canada. I’m inspired.
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