October 9th, 2015
The Federal Election on October 19 has people talking about who to support and which way the country’s leadership is headed. Women, and in particular Aboriginal women, haven’t always had the right to make these decisions.
Canada was officially launched with Confederation on July 1, 1867 (hence Canada Day), although becoming a country coast-to-coast took until 1905. From Confederation until 1960, voting was a right that was only given to select people, and there were always some that were denied. White women got the vote in 1920; Aboriginal people didn’t for many years more. Finally, in 1960, Aboriginal people got the right to vote without giving up treaty rights or Indian status. Nevertheless, there can be conflict when First Nations people vote, as this Mohawk man explains. He’s made his peace with voting; others will decide for themselves.
For any PWN member planning to vote, you can check if you are registered on the Elections Canada website. (If you have you received your Voter Information Card, you are registered.) The deadline to register with Elections Canada is Tuesday October 13 at 6 PM local time. To register online, you need a driver’s license (from any province or territory except Quebec), or your provincial or territorial ID card (from Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan or Yukon). You can also register in person at your local Elections Canada office. There is all kinds of information about voting on the Elections Canada website.
For our members who live in the Lower Mainland, we will be hosting our second information session to help women who want to know more about how and when to vote. This will be on Tuesday October 13 from 12-1. Volunteer Shayna can help members one on one by
- Seeing if you are a registered voters
- Seeing where you can vote
- Getting a list of candidates in your riding and answering general questions
If you don’t have ID with an address on it, we can give you an official letter approved by Elections Canada to use for your Confirmation of Residence. Then you will need one more piece of ID to vote. The letters will be available to pick up Tuesday October 13.
We encourage all members to vote as they see fit. Please give us a call if you have further questions!