Inside the Aboriginal vote in Alberta was one of the interviews I did during my nomination. I talked about how racism was a fear of mine and something I considered before applying for the nomination. I am proud to say that I didn’t experiences it during my nomination. There were some overzealous Conservative supporters, who I think were trying to find proof that I attended anti-pipeline protests, who called me some names but nothing to write home about. I appreciated it. Others wanted to know what I would do if elected, such as what is happening in Gaza. I like questions that make me think and the truth is I don’t know. I try to read the news every day. I want to stay current on issues but I don’t think that it is enough, I like to get information right from the people themselves. I now have more time to become more involved and to become the kind of leader I would vote for.
If we have more Aboriginal candidates, would Indigenous people vote more? I hope that more Indigenous people vote in this election. I hope ALL Canadians vote in this election. As a member of a sovereign nation (Kashechewan Fist Nation), I have never voted in an election on my reserve. I didn’t even know when the elections were until Facebook. I have never collected my Treaty money, the whole $2 I get a year, and I have never been to Albany Band (Kashechewan First Nation/ Fort Albany First Nation). I’ve was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. When non-Native people ask me where I’m from, I am from Edmonton, Alberta. When Native people ask me where I'm from, I’m Treaty 9 from Kashechewan Fist Nation (Albany Band). This disconnect affects me in many ways and one of them being that many of my issues fall under the Federal jurisdiction because I’m a Treaty 9 person living on Treaty 6 territory. Priority is usually given to those who live on reserve and I’ve never even been to my reserve. It is probably the biggest influence over why I wanted to run in the Federal election and not the Provincial election. Everyone has their own reasons why and where they vote and for me voting in the Canadian elections just makes sense to me, plus I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to travel to vote.
Voting is a choice. All we can do is ask you to consider choosing to vote. If you don’t know how to vote, there are many organizations and people that can help you. There are many websites that breakdown each party platforms. Also, research who is running as a candidate in your area and contact them. These people are going to be representing your area and you can help choose who gets elected.