FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This year’s North Central Local Government Association convention in Fort St. John will feature former federal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould as the keynote speaker.

Wilson-Raybould, a former MP, BC provincial Crown prosecutor, and regional chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations will share her views on Indigenous rights and reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership and justice.

The NCLGA has advocated for politicians in central and northern BC since 1955 and hosts an annual convention to discuss topical issues, attend workshops, and pass resolutions that will be advanced with other orders of government.

The event will take place from May 3rd to 5th, and with the theme “Inspired to Lead,” will touch on several topics, including health care, affordable housing, food security, natural resources, truth and reconciliation, and policing services.

In a statement, Mayor Lori Ackerman said the city is excited to host the event and looks forward to showing leaders across the regions what Fort St. John has to offer.

“We look forward to seeing you in Fort St. John and sharing the beauty of the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa and the Peace River region,” said Ackerman.

“It is sure to be one you won’t want to miss.”