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Progress on reconciliation, debate on climate change could bring out higher Indigenous vote in next election, advocates say

By Beatrice Paez and Palak Mangat      

Lynne Groulx, executive director of Native Women's Association of Canada, said that, anecdotally, she’s hearing that many Indigenous women intend to send a message in the polls and expects strong action on reining in climate change.

A witness, pictured on June 3, 2019, at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., holds up an eagle feather during the ceremonial handover of the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Some Indigenous leaders and advocates say there’s enough momentum towards reconciliation to energize voters in their communities to turn out in significant numbers in October, with climate change, the national inquiry’s calls to address the systemic racism faced by Indigenous women and girls, and pipelines potentially galvanizing the electorate, though it’s an open question whether they will help propel Liberals to another victory. 

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