Canadian legal eagle talks reconciliation

Canada’s first Indigenous Justice Minister and Attorney-General has discussed links between the Canadian and Australian experience with reconciliation at a free lecture in Canberra.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, an Indigenous woman, former Crown prosecutor and former Regional Chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations, delivered the annual Reconciliation Lecture at the Australian National University.

She discussed how Canada was coming to terms with its colonial legacy and its treatment of generations of Indigenous peoples, the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system and lessons for Australia.

Ms Wilson-Raybould, appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also discussed the Canadian Government’s work on an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and the recommendations of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Indian residential schools.

The ANU Reconciliation Lecture is hosted annually by the university’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia.

Ms Wilson-Raybould is the first international speaker to deliver the lecture. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was last year’s speaker.

Wendy Caccetta

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