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Election 2019

The myth and opportunity of the Indigenous vote

By Rose LeMay      

It’s time we all demand that political platforms give attention to these systems in desperate need of change, so that Indigenous peoples need not fear the systems purported to help them. This is a time for allies—non-Indigenous Canadians—to amplify the voices of Indigenous and demand some changes. It won’t be easy.

Rose LeMay, who is Tlingit from the West Coast and CEO of the Indigenous Reconciliation Group, says, 'It’s time to challenge the notion that Indigenous issues are about Indigenous peoples. This is Canada’s enduring myth.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—It’s election time again, and time when political parties look to build voter support from voters across the country. Are Indigenous votes included in these national discussions about where we want to go as a country?

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