OTTAWA — A former Assembly of First Nations regional chief-turned-federal MP says she's confident the Liberal government can reshape Ottawa's strained relationship with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples. Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was elected last week in the riding of Vancouver Granville, says aboriginal affairs remain among the biggest public policy issues that need to be addressed. The Liberal MP, considered a strong candidate for Justin Trudeau's cabinet, says she wants to see a partnership created between the federal government and First Nations. As far as a cabinet role is concerned, Wilson-Raybould would only say she would be "happy to serve at the pleasure of the prime minister" if she is offered a front-bench position next week. The former B.C. Crown prosecutor was among First Nations leaders who met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the Idle No More protests in January 2013. Those talks, which were strongly opposed by a number of chiefs across Canada, took place before a backdrop of dramatic aboriginal unrest and a high-profile First Nations hunger protest in Ottawa.
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