Federal Election and Voting Information
First Nation voters may face significant barriers to voting in the upcoming federal election. New legislation that was passed by the federal government in 2014 (The Fair Elections Act) will make it more difficult for some First Nation citizens to prove their identity when trying to vote on Election Day – Monday, October 19, 2015.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is working in collaboration with Elections Canada to remove some of these new barriers for First Nation voters by providing information and developing tools to assist those who want to participate in the upcoming federal election.
As one part of this, the AFN has developed a number of materials designed to help ensure First Nation voters have the information they need prior to this federal election. This includes a short online questionnaire meant to gather information on First Nation federal election voting experiences – we encourage you to take a few minutes to fill it out (just follow this link.)
There are also a number of documents available to be downloaded for your information, or for use in your community. They include:
- Assessment of Party Platforms
- Federal Party Commitments of interest to First Nations
- How to guide on how to vote
- A Technical Bulletin on Voting from National Chief Bellegarde
- An AFN Federal Election Fact Sheet
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- An AFN template Letter of Confirmation of Residence (PDF, MS Word)
- An AFN Federal Election Presentation with helpful information
Click play on the video below to watch a How to Video.
All of this information is intended to be completely non-partisan and respects the right of each First Nation’s citizen to decide whether they want to participate in this federal election and who they want to vote for.
Please check back regularly as we will be adding additional information as it becomes available.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact: