Aboriginal People of Canada Gain the Right to Vote

Aboriginal People of Canada Gain the Right to Vote

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  • We will not change our traditions and identity to gain the right to vote!
  • In Colonial Times, the Aboriginal people of Canada were the only Canadians who were unable to vote in Federal Elections. (9 seconds)
  • We have no control over our own land nor freedom!
  • Before Confederation, an Act to Encourage the Gradual Civilization of the "Indian" tribes, and an Act respecting Civilization and Enfranchisement of certain Indians (1859) was made. (8 seconds)
  • We have to relinquish our "Indian" status and meet qualifications in order to vote!
  • In 1876, the Indian Act introduced enfranchisement, which stated that any "Indian" who has a university degree will be terminated of Indian status, therefore allowed to vote. (10 seconds)
  • I'm happy to have my degree but I do not want to lose my own identity!
  • In World War I, many Indigenous people volunteered for Canadian military service. "Indians" in the army were allowed to vote, but only during this time. This lead to pressure on the Government to allow all Indigenous people to vote. (9 seconds)
  • We want all Indigenous people to have the right to vote!
  • After the First and Second World War, the Parliament created a Special Joint Committee for the Indian Act. The Committee recommended that Indigenous people should be allowed to vote in Federal Elections whilst keeping their identity. In 1950, Inuit were officially qualified to vote. (12 seconds)
  • John Diefenbaker
  • Indigenous peoples' rights need to change!
  • On March 31, 1960 parts of the Canada Elections Act were repealed which allowed First Nations people to vote without losing their original status and identity! (12 seconds)
  • We can finally all vote without changing our original identity and culture!
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