Friday, 15 June 2018

Indigenous Politics coverage of the AFN National Chief 2018 Election and AFNAGA


Updated June 16, 2018 (Turtle Island)

Indigenous Politics, 2018 AFN Coverage by Joshua Brass Fraser ᐆᑕ ᑫᐁᐘᑎᓅᐠ 

The Assembly of First Nation (AFN) will hold its 39th Annual General Assembly from July 24 - 26, 2018 in Vancouver. They will take place on traditional  territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tseil-Waututh peoples of the Coast Salish Nations. 

This year is also an election cycle for the Assembly of First Nations National Chief. As it stands today, Indigenous Politics is aware of four First Nations candidates for National Chief. 

Timeline for AFN National Chief Candidate process:

  • May 30, 2018 - Nominations are open 
  • June 19, 2018 - Nominations close 
  • July 25, 2018 - Elections take place during AFNAGA
To find out more information, visit the AFN website

THE CANDIDATES


We will be adding more information about the candidates and their platforms as we receive it, please feel free to share any fact-based information with links to us about these candidates at our e-mail address. 

A NOTE ON RESPECTFUL DIALOUGE: While we understand that people have strong feelings and are supportive of certain candidates, we ask that you stick to the facts and the topics. Personal and lateral violence will not be tolerated on our blog or any of our social media platforms. We reserve the right to ban/block people from our social media accounts if necessary.

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Joshua Brass Fraser (Peepeekisis, Treaty 4) who is Cree, Tsuut'ina and Anishinaabe is the Publisher of the Indigenous Politics Blog.  

#indigpoli #afnaga2018 #afnaga #afnelections 


Thursday, 7 June 2018

Ontario Provincial Election 2019 #OntarioVotes


June 2018

BACKGROUND

Indigenous Politics (#IndigPoli) is please to provide Indigenous specific coverage of the Ontario Provincial Election 2018. The writ was dropped for this election was on Wednesday, May 9th 2018 which signalled the start of the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election. Voters will go to the polls on June 7, 2018 to elect 124 Members of the Provincial Parliament (MPPs). 

We will endeavour to populate the list of Indigenous candidates, if you know of any Indigenous candidates who are First Nation, Metis or Inuit please let us know by sending us an e-mail

ONTARIO ELECTORAL DISTRICS WITH LARGE INDIGENOUS POPULATION

Although there are many ridings with large Indigenous populations, Ontario created two new northern riding designed with the hopes to increase Indigenous representation in the Ontario Legislature. To get an idea of the First Nations votes, one can look at the Ontario Electoral District maps which shade in beige First Nations in the various ridings. 

Also, there is significant amount of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples in Ontario's urban centres/cities based on the 2016 Census of Canada. Please see graph below provided by that shows the Indigenous population in various Ontario metropolitan areas. You can click on map to enlarge. 

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INDIGENOUS CANDIDATES FOR 2018 PROVINCIAL ELECTION

As mentioned there are 20 reported Indigenous candidates, 6 from NDP, 3 from Liberal and 1 from Progressive Conservative. If you know of an Indigenous candidate not on our list, please send us an e-mail with details. The Indigenous Ancestry for the various candidates were provided directly by candidate, or from their individual websites or alternately from the political party they represent. 

Charles Fox
Algoma-Manitoulin
ONTARIO LIBERAL
Anishinaabe (Bear Skin Lake)
Twitter: votecharlesfox
Facebook: votecharlesfox

Gaëtan Baillargeon
Mushkegowuk—James Bay
ONTARIO LIBERAL
  Anishinaaabe-Cree (Constance Lake)
Twitter: gates1980
Facebook: Gaetan4MJB
Karen Kejick
Kenora - Rainy River
ONTARIO LIBERAL
Anishinabee (Iskatewizaagegan)
Twitter: Karen4NWO
Facebook: Karen4NWO

Ethel LaValley
Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke
ONTARIO NDP
Algonquin (Pikwàkanagàn)
FB: Ethel-Lavalley-NDP-Campaign
Sean Conway
Peterborough – Kawartha’
ONTARIO NDP
Anishinaabe (Curve Lake)
Twitter: seanconwayndp
Facebook: seanconwayndp
seanconway.ontariondp.ca

Sol Mamakwa
Kiiwetinoong
ONTARIO NDP
Oji-Cree (Kingfisher Lake)
Twitter: solmamakwa
Facebook: solmamakwandp
Guy Bourgouin
Mushkegowuk-James Bay
ONTARIO NDP
Metis
Facebook: guybourgouinondp

Jordan McGrail
Toronto Centre
ONTARIO NDP
Indigenous (TBD)
Twitter: JMcGrailONDP
FB: JordanMcGrailONDPCKL
Suze Morrison
Chatham-Kent–Leamington
ONTARIO NDP
Mixed Indigenous and "Settler"
Twitter: delsuez
Facebook: votesuz

Clifford Bull
Kiiwetinoong
ONTARIO PC
Anishinaabee (Lac Seul)
Twitter: VoteBull2018
Facebook: CliffordBullPC

Monday, 5 February 2018

The Power of the Indigenous Vote in 2019


Riding-by-riding analysis of Power of the Indigenous Vote

Released: Feb 5, 2017

(See below for actual numbers)

Indigenous Politics (#IndigPoli) is pleased to present our analysis on the potential and Power of the Indigenous Vote in the 43rd Canadian Federal Election which should take place on our before October 21, 2019.

Background - You may recall that Indigenous Politics published the Power of the Indigenous Vote – Riding-by-Riding Analysis in 2015. We were pleased to see many Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals and people utilize our information to get a feel for the REAL potential and power of the Indigenous Vote. We believe it was the first full riding-by-riding analysis done by an Indigenous organization. 

In addition to the 2015 analysis, we also had the more comprehensive and up-to-date catalogue of Indigenous Candidates with support from Pundits’ Guide, parties and individual partisans and pundits. We profiled these Indigenous candidates from all parties and did several ridings to watch profiles, where the Indigenous vote and Indigenous candidates were major factors in the riding races.

It was also important that in addition to talking about Indigenous voters and candidates, that we address real challenges Indigenous voters faced in exercising their rights to vote, this included getting around barriers that many felt were created by Fair Elections Act 2014. Indigenous Politics collaborated with form federal Indigenous candidate Tania Cameron and others to develop an Indigenous Voters Guide to assist Indigenous voters to map their way through the system and cast their vote.

The Power of the Indigenous Vote in 2019 with be a force to reckon with, politicians who don’t pay attention to Indigenous peoples, communities and issues, do as their own peril.

Key Findings:
-In most ridings the Indigenous population grew
-19 ridings had a population from 20%+ of total
-33 ridings had a population between 10% and 20% of total
-51 ridings had a population of 5% and %10

There is a lot of data that we plan on dissecting and analyzing over the next following weeks and months. If you would like to contact, e-mail us at indigpoli(@)gmail.com / www.indigpoli.blogpost.ca

A note on Methodology: We compared the Aboriginal indenity against that of the Canadian itendity for our numbers and analysis. Even though we may have a higher Canadian population, only Canadian Citizens can vote.
Sources for Information: Census 2016 Statistics Canada and Elections Canada


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The Good Stuff - The Numbers!

For the moment, we will focus on the milestone numbers. The ridings between 5% population to having Indigenous peoples as majority in the riding. These are all ridings that can be influenced and even swing the vote in favour of their preferred candidate. Riding-by-Riding analysis will becoming very soon. We will also be considering other ways to slice and dice the data we have and to adding new analysis initiatives. 


19 Ridings where the Indigenous population is over 20%
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33 Ridings where the Indigenous population is between 10% to 20%
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Ridings where the Indigenous population is between 5% and 10% 
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Stay Tuned - New Analysis Coming Soon!