2019 Federal Election – A Call to Action for First Nations, Inuit and Métis People from Elections Canada

Our friends at Elections Canada want to ensure every eligible voter can participate in the 2019 Federal Election.

Research shows that Indigenous First Nations, Métis, and Inuit electors still face several barriers to participating in federal elections. Elections Canada and ABM are working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and businesses to increase the awareness of the election services available to all Canadians, including Indigenous electors. As part of this initiative, voters will be provided with all the information they need on when, where and the ways to register and vote in the upcoming federal election.  

The two key information products for electors are the Guide to the Federal Election and the Voter ID tear-off sheet, which have been translated into 15 different Indigenous languages:

  • Atikamekw
  • Blackfoot
  • Denesuline
  • Gwich’in
  • Inuktitut
  • Innu (Montagnais)
  • Michif
  • Mi’kmaq
  • Mohawk
  • Moose Cree
  • Ojibway
  • Oji-Cree
  • Plains Cree
  • Saulteaux
  • Stoney
  • Nisga’a (coming soon)

Who is eligible to vote in the federal election?

You may vote in this federal election if you:

·         are a Canadian citizen

·         will be 18 or older on election day

·         are registered to vote

The Canada Elections Act includes detailed information on who is eligible to vote.

 How do I register to vote?

  • Register online — Most people can register online by providing the number from their driver’s licence or provincial/territorial ID card to confirm their identity.
  • Register using the Online Document Submission feature of the Online Voter Registration Service — Those who are not offered the option to register online using their driver’s licence or provincial / territorial ID card can complete their registration by using the Online Document Submission feature to upload proof of identity and address.
  • Register by mail (outside a general election) — Contact Elections Canada to request a registration form. They’ll send the form by mail, e-mail or fax. Complete the form, sign it and return it by mail or fax, along with a copy of your proof of identity and address. Deadlines apply; please contact Elections Canada as soon as possible to request a registration form.

After an election is called, you can also register at your local Elections Canada office or at your polling place when you go to vote.

We at ABM encourage you to vote whenever possible. Your vote and your voice matters. Every vote counts. We owe it to ourselves, our families and our future to make our voice heard.

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