Why vote?

On April 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that the Federal Government has Constitutional responsibility for Métis and non-Status Indians, marking a historic victory for Indigenous peoples in Canada and ending a 17-year legal battle.  

The supreme court acknowledged “Federal and provincial governments have, alternately, denied having legislative authority over non-Status Indians and Métis. This results in these Indigenous communities being in a jurisdictional wasteland with significant and obvious disadvantaging consequences.”   

The CAP-Daniels ruling offers a path forward out of this “jurisdictional wasteland”, and to recognize the Indigenous rights of all non-Status and Métis people once and for all.   

 On December 5, 2018, the Government of Canada and CAP signed a renewed Political Accord. This Accord represents an agreement to work collaboratively and advance priority areas affecting CAP’s constituents. The Accord affirms that CAP represents rights-holding Indigenous people in Canada, and more work needs to be done on these priority areas.   

 Your vote has the power to make a difference

The Issues

 

 

 

CAP is calling on the government to act on the key priorities identified by its communities. Learn more here

The rights of all Off-Reserve Status and Non-Status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit Aboriginal Peoples are the top concern of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.  

These are the ways CAP is calling for action on the rights of our constituents during election 2021, in the following areas:  

 

  • Rights 
  • Self-Determination 
  • Families 
  • Housing 
  • Language and Culture 
  • Justice 
  • MMIWG 
  • Education 
  • Health and Seniors 
  • Environment 

Party Positions

Where the parties stand on the rights of Indigenous people can be found in the Party Platform Analysis here.

  • Rights 
  • Self-Determination 
  • Families 
  • Housing 
  • Language and Culture 
  • Justice 
  • MMIWG 
  • Education 
  • Health and Seniors 
  • Environment 

Get Involved

Talking to the candidates in your constituency can help you make an informed decision when it comes to voting.  Here are some questions you may consider asking candidates in your region:  

  1. What is your party’s position on the rights and interests of non-status and Métis peoples?   

2. How will your party implement a response to the 2016 Daniels v. Canada decision that confirmed the federal judiciary responsibility to Métis and non-status Indians? 

3. How will your party include off-reserve/non-status Indigenous communities in federal initiatives? (MMIWG National Action Plan, UNDRIP, child and family services, post-secondary student support etc.)  

4. How will you work with CAP and PTOs to address issues faced by our peoples such as discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, children in care, over-incarceration, etc.?  

5. Does your party believe CAP should be represented at the annual First Ministers Meetings? 

6. How would your party work with CAP to implement our 2018 CAP-Canada Political Accord?  

(Link to PDF printable version of questions for sharing) 

How To Vote

Election day is September 20th!  

You can vote on election day, early by mail, or in advance polls in your riding 

CAP is calling on all Indigenous peoples to leverage their voices and influencing this election by getting out there and voting! 

To learn more about when, where, and ways to vote, visit the Elections Canada website here:  

Check the Elections Canada website for information on where, when, and ways to vote.   

Ensure you are registered to vote.  Learn more about registering here: https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=reg&document=index&lang=e 

News

Check back here daily for news and information as each party establishes their campaign.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is calling on all parties to voice their platforms for Canada’s Indigenous population ahead of the 44th general election.

Other

Elections Canada offers a variety of unique opportunities to participate in the federal election process. If you are interested in employment at Elections Canada, learn more here:  

https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=emp&document=index&lang=e