B.C. First Nations leaders say the appointment is historic.
Vancouver-Granville MP Jody Wilson-Raybould has been sworn in as Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney General.
It is a first for an Aboriginal Canadian.
Grand Chief Ed John says he’s confident Wilson-Raybould will launch a long-demanded inquiry on the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women, and pave the road towards reconciliation.
“The fact that she is the first Indian, Native American Indian woman to be elected to parliament in British Columbia, and the fact that she becomes the Justice Minister and Attorney General, is very significant.”
High praise from Wally Oppal
“I have a lot of faith in her, and it’s really reassuring to me that she’s appointed.”
Former B.C. Attorney General and Missing Women Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal spoke to CKNW reporter Shelby Thom about the historic appointment.
“She is a former Crown prosecutor, and that gives me a lot of comfort, because that indicates to me that she knows a lot about the criminal justice system.”
Oppal also says he is optimistic Jody Wilson-Raybould will draft meaningful terms of reference for the long-awaited national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
“I think it’s more than just symbolism, I think that she has lived that life. Her father is a former chief Bill Wilson. She is well qualified to be in that position, and to craft the terms of reference for whatever inquiry that they are going to call.”
The Liberals have promised to “immediately” launch a 40-million dollar inquiry.
The appointment of an Aboriginal woman to Justice Minister is also being heralded on social media.