But federal politics mean something different to many Aboriginal people. Many choose not to engage with federal politics because of a “lack of meaningful Indigenous contributions to the Canadian political system and party politics”. From Canada’s colonial past, genocide and centuries of discrimination by citizens and governments and abusive social institutions even to the present, it’s no surprise many Aboriginal people have a contentious relationship with Canadian politics.
Apart from the confusion, both Chief Norman Jordan and Cory Sky were pleased with a turnout of 100 up from 7 in 2011.
It is unclear whether election results in these communities would be different had the staff been better prepared. The failure to account for the total number of Aboriginal communities effected by ballot shortages marginalizes this significant, disturbing democratic failure.
Thank you to Robert Jago for his support and sponsorship of Lauren's article.
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