This blog represents my own personal opinions, thoughts and ideas, and should never be relied on as legal advice. My goal is have a national discussion with the grass roots citizens to see where we can affect the changes we want for our families, communities, and Nations. We owe it to our ancestors to protect our cultures and territories for our future generations.
Canada is now in full blown election mode, one issue that has been getting as
much attention as the election itself is the question of whether or not First
Nations should vote. Some advocates claim that if all “Aboriginal people”
voted, they could influence as many as 50/338 ridings. Those against voting
question those numbers but also challenge the claim that how we exercise our “power”
is by voting. As for me, I choose not to vote and do not believe that we should
rest our hope on a federal election any more than we should an Assembly of First Nations (AFN) election.
The whole point of sovereignty is that Indigenous Nations must assert, live, and
defend our sovereignty, jurisdiction, and right of self-determination – not vote
for federal politicians to do that for us.