Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's new justice minister

Here are 5 things you should know about her:

• GO THUNDERBIRDS: Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau share an alma mater. The 44-year-old Wilson-Raybould earned her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1999 before being called to the bar in 2000. Trudeau earned a bachelor of education from UBC in 1998. He’s the third UBC grad to serve as prime minister. John Turner (1949) and Kim Campbell (1969) were the other two.

• LAW AND ORDER: Wilson-Raybould served as a B.C. Crown prosecutor for three years (2000-2003) before working on the B.C. Treaty Commission (2003-2009). She served as Chief Commissioner in 2008.

• REGIONAL CHIEF: A member of the We Wai Kai Nation, Wilson-Raybould served as regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations from 2009 until 2015. She is the daughter of Bill Wilson, a lawyer and prominent aboriginal leader and uses Puglaas — the native name given to her by her grandmother — as her Twitter handle. It means “a woman born to noble people.” She 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.

• VOLUNTEER: Wilson-Raybould is an active volunteer. She’s served as a director of  Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, Capilano College, the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women, Canadian Bar Association’s Student Mentor Program and the National Centre for First Nations Governance. She is also a director on the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and Chair of the First Nations Finance Authority.

• RECONCILIATION: Wilson-Raybould says one of the main reasons she became involved in mainstream politics was she could help achieve true reconciliation with Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, both socially and economically. On her Liberal Party blog, she states “As Regional Chief, I realized that without committed partners in Ottawa this work would never get done, or done properly. We need lawmakers to realize how important it is that this transition be successful for all Canadians. The future of Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians is mutually intertwined.”

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