Here is a Letter of Confirmation of Residence (word template) designed by the Assembly of First Nations that band administrators can adept to their own use for their members.
Note: Elections Canada also accept expired ID that appears on this list
HOW TO VOTE - FOUR OPTIONS
Election Canada is the final authority on what is required to vote, if you have any questions contact them at 1-800-463-6868 or visit www.elections.ca
Elections Canada offices at select campuses, youth centres and Friendship Centres
- My Voter's Guide (in Aboriginal languages)
- List of pieces of ID required to vote (in Aboriginal languages)
- Get ready to vote in 2015
Non-Elections Canada Information
Contact your Chief and Council
Assembly of First Nations - Federal Election and Vote Website
The Power of the Indigenous Vote
How First Nation, Metis and Inuit people can influence who is the next Prime Minister of Canada and if he/she has majority or minority government.
- 51 Ridings identified by AFN where Aboriginal vote can make the difference
- IndigPoli compares Aboriginal population to Canadian citizen population as the percent of Aboriginal people in each the new 338 ridings based off of the 2011 Census NHS. Includes 38 ridings where the Aboriginal population is 10%+ or more of total population, 48 ridings where the Aboriginal population is 5%+ of total population. Then a riding-by-riding breakdown in each province of the Aboriginal population compared to Canadian citizen population.
There has been thorough dialogue amongst Indigenous people on whether First Nation, Metis and Inuit people should be participating in mainstream Canadian election. By way of this blog and our social media activities, we are of the opinion that Indigenous people should vote and run as candidates for the various parties.
The perfect example of the power of one vote was enacted by the late Elijah Harper. As a lone MLA in the Manitoba legislature, his actions would lead to the downfall of the Meech Lake Accord. The Meech Lake Accord's proposed constitutional amendments would have seen increased powers for Quebec and the provinces with little or no acknowledgment of Indigenous rights.
Elijah Harper is a great example of why each and every vote counts. Eric Grenier who runs the poll aggregator and seat projection site ThreeHundredEight wrote in an article in the Globe and Mail that if there was a higher native voter turnout, we had the potential reduce the current majority government to a minority government.
We can overcome the challenges and barriers to ensure that Indigenous people have the ability to exercise our right to vote and make that vote count.
The recent "Fair" Elections Act has made it more difficult for Indigenous people to exercise their right to vote. Particularly as it relates registration, identification and access to polling stations. Below we will provide information and resources to assist with taking the steps leading up the election and finally casting your vote.
Special thanks to Tania Cameron who helped with our first voting guide.