Chiefs of Ontario Federal Election 2019 Toolkit

The official start of the federal election campaign began on September 11, 2019 as the Prime Minister has asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, launching Canada’s 43rd general election. The vote is to be held on Oct. 21.  The federal election is now underway, and the Chiefs of Ontario have developed an Election Toolkit to assist those First Nations leadership and communities that wish to participate in the federal election, if they so choose. The Chiefs of Ontario will continue to add new information as it becomes available to help keep leadership up to date on candidates, platforms and other important information.

The Elections Canada Website has everything you need from finding where your local polls are located, which riding you are in, what ID you require to vote, which candidates are running in your riding, as well as how to register to vote.  For more information, specific to Indigenous voters with additional information in First Nation languages please visit Elections Canada at: https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=abo&document=index&lang=e

For information on how and where to vote, please visit: https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=faq&document=faqvoting&lang=e

We have attached much of the information needed from Elections Canada for ease of use and accessibility, in case you have any difficulty in accessing the site or information.


Click here to view the Chiefs of Ontario Federal Election Toolkit 

This information aims to provide First Nations in Ontario with a guide to finding where each of the major political parties stand on First Nations issues, other key party priorities, along with generalized information. The information also includes where and how to vote and possible ways on how to participate in this year’s election if you choose to do so. This Election Toolkit will be updated regularly and sent to leadership as new information becomes available.

Click here to view 2019 Federal Election Party Platforms here: 2019 Federal Election Platforms – Updated October 1 2019

Click here to view 2019 Federal Election Ontario Region Candidates here: Ontario Ridings with Candidates and First Nation Communities – Updated S…

See Elections Canada ID List: ID List EN

See Elections Canada Voter Guide: Voters Guide English

 

 

Towards a New Relationship: A Discussion Paper of First Nations Election Priorities

There are a number of important issues affecting First Nations in the 2019 Federal Election. Although many of these issues are timely, including Uplifting First Nations Women and Climate Change, many issues are long-standing historic issues that have never been fully realized by any government. Examples of these issues include Treaty Implementation and addressing Lands and Resources.

The issues outlined in this Discussion Paper came out of discussions with First Nations’ leadership, namely, the chiefs of the 133 First Nations in Ontario. Much of the included substance stems from resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly at the annual All-Ontario Chiefs Conferences or Special Chiefs Assemblies that have been held previously.

We encourage you, First Nations citizens and leaders, our friends and allies and all Canadians to take special consideration of these First Nations Election Priorities in your choice in the upcoming federal election. In this era of Reconciliation, it will be essential to include those issues, challenges and Calls to Action into consideration in your choice for Member of Parliament, Prime Minister and the next Government of Canada.

Finally, we urge all candidates, the federal political parties and the next Government of Canada, to reflect these priorities into your messaging, campaign documents and your commitment to govern, toward a new relationship First Nations people in Canada.

Read full discussion paper here: Towards a New Relationship – First Nations Election Priorities

2019 Federal Election Online Guides

CBC

An Indigenous Guide to the 2019 Federal Election including who the Indigenous candidates and what are the parties offering Indigenous voters: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/2019-federal-election-indigenous-candidates-1.5265989

Macleans

2019 Federal Election Platform Guide: Where the parties stand on everything: https://www.macleans.ca/politics/2019-federal-election-platform-guide-where-the-parties-stand-on-everything/ 

Policy Options 

Indigenous Voters and the 2019 Election: https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/february-2018/indigenous-voters-and-the-2019-election/