With the 2015 Federal Election just around the corner, it is important that Huu-ay-aht First Nations citizens get ready to cast their ballot.
Only 54.1% of eligible Aboriginal voters in Canada cast a ballot in the 2008 budget. If you do not vote, your voice will not be heard.
This election, a number of changes to the Election Act will make it harder for some First Nations to vote. Here are some frequently asked questions, compiled by the Assembly of First Nations, that should help you take part in your country’s democratic process – 2015 AFN Federal Election FAQ.
It is important to remember that proper ID is needed for the election, unless you arrange to have someone swear and oath. See the Communications Fact Sheet on ID from the Assembly of First Nations information on voter ID required at the polls. You can also use a Letter of Confirmation of Residence as your proof of address, along with a second piece of ID.
On September 28 at 7 p.m., the candidates for the Courtenay-Alberni riding will take part in an All-Candidates Meeting. This will focus on Aboriginal issues, and it is a good chance to see how the individual candidates stand on things that matter most to you. Check out the All-Candidates poster for more information. The Assembly of First Nations is also having a forum, check out Open Forum on Federal Election for more information.
On October 19, 2015, make sure your voice is heard and cast a ballot in the Federal Election.