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The Indigenous Vote and Election 42 - A game changer?

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The Harper decade has had no progress for Canada's Indigenous peoples. Just ceremony & pronouncements. Monumental studies have been released. There has also been the "First Nations Financial Transparency Act", a failed First Nations education bill and the steamroller of C-45 in 2012 that inspired Idle No More.

The fastest growing "demographic" or division in the population of Canada is Indigenous peoples. First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples have a healthy birth rate. The number of Indigenous people legally eligible to vote in the general election has never been higher. The First Nations vote has become a factor, in theory, in this election.

Dr. Judith Sayers is a mother of two and was the elected Chief of Hupacasath First Nation for 14 yrs, Chief Negotiator for 15 yrs. Her educational background includes Business and Law degrees and an honorary Doctorate in Law. She has practised law for 18 years and fought for First Nations rights and title.

Rachel Ann Snow is Nakoda Sioux from Mini Thni, a mother of four, a legal scholar, resercher, analyst and consultant specializing in Indiginous law issues. She has over 20 years experience in administration and policy at management level.

Tanya Kappo is from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation and has been actively involved in community building efforts including advancing an Indigenous rights agenda in her professional life and her personal life. A graduate of the University of Manitoba law school, she is the Co-Lead for the National Collective of Walking With Our Sisters.

Hayden King is Pottawatomi and Ojibwe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchimnissing (Christian Island) in Huronia, Ontario.  At Ryerson University, he is the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance in the Faculty of Arts; Assistant Professor in the Dept of Politics & Public Administration.

Tune in for a real debate on both sides of this issue.

 

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