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An Indigenous guide to the 2019 federal election

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An Indigenous guide to the 2019 federal election

With the 2019 federal election approaching on Oct. 21, here's a look at the parties' Indigenous candidates and platforms.

Who are the Indigenous candidates and what are the parties offering Indigenous voters?

A woman marks her ballot behind a privacy barrier in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, west of Montreal, on Oct 19, 2015. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

With the 2019 federal election approaching on Oct. 21, here's a look at the parties' Indigenous candidates and platforms. The list of candidates will be updated as the nomination period continues until the end of September and platforms will be updated as they're announced.

Who's running?

Conservative Party of Canada

Green Party of Canada

Independent

Liberal Party of Canada

  • Jordan Ames Sinclair (Métis) – Regina Qu'Appelle
  • Vance Badawey (Métis) – Niagara Centre, Ont.
  • Jaime Battiste (Eskasoni Mi'kmaw First Nation) – Sydney-Victoria, N.S.
  • Tammy Cook-Searson (Lac La Ronge Indian Band) – Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, Sask.
  • Michelle Corfield (Ucluelet First Nation) – Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C.
  • Trisha Cowie (Hiawatha First Nation) – Parry Sound, Ont.
  • Maggie Farrington (Métis) – Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, Alta.
  • Yvonne Jones (Inuit) – Labrador
  • Judy Klassen (St. Theresa Point First Nation) – Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, Man.
  • Michael McLeod (Métis) – Northwest Territories
  • Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Red Pheasant First Nation) – Winnipeg Centre, Man.
  • Megan Pizzo Lyall (Inuit) – Nunavut
  • Marc Serré (Mattawa/North Bay/Algonquin First Nation and Mé​​​​​​​tis) – Nickel Belt-Muskoka, Ont.  
  • Dan Vandal (Mé​​​​​​​tis) – Saint Boniface-Saint Vital, Man.

New Democratic Party

  • Anna Betty Achneepineskum (Marten Falls First Nation) – Thunder Bay-Superior North, Ont.
  • Lori Campbell (Cree-Mé​​​​​​​tis) – Waterloo, Ont.
  • Bob Chamberlin (Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation) – Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C.
  • Leah Gazan (Wood Mountain Lakota Nation) – Winnipeg Centre, Man.
  • Noel Joe (Miawpukek First Nation) – Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame, N.L.
  • Georgina Jolibois (Dene) – Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, Sask.
  • Kyle Mason (Peguis First Nation) – Winnipeg North
  • Keith McCrady (Ojibway and Cree) – Scarborough Southwest, Ont.
  • Breen Ouellette (Mé​​​​​​​tis) – Vancouver Centre
  • Joan Phillip (Penticton Indian Band) – Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, B.C.
  • Jacline Rouleau (Ojibway-Mé​​​​​​​tis) – Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou, Que.
  • Sabrina Sawyer (Mnjikaning First Nation) – Brantford-Brant, Ont.
  • Katherine Swampy (Samson Cree Nation‏) – Edmonton Centre  
  • Rudy Turtle (Grassy Narrows First Nation) – Kenora, Ont.

What are the parties offering?

Bloc Quebecois

The Bloc Quebecois has not yet released its platform.

Conservative Party of Canada

The Conservative Party has not yet released its platform. 

Green Party of Canada

Its 2019 election platform promises that a Green Party government would “fully conform” to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the calls for justice of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The party pledges to create the “Council of Canadian Governments” where Indigenous Peoples “will have a seat at the table as equal partners” with federal, provincial and municipal governments to develop shared goals and national policies.

The party pledges to consult with Indigenous Peoples to determine when to repeal the Indian Act. It also promises to correct the boil water advisories in First Nations communities and remove the two per cent funding cap on Indigenous post-secondary education.

Liberal Party of Canada

The Liberal Party has not yet released its platform.

New Democratic Party

Its 2019 election platform promises that a New Democratic government would fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action and  work with Indigenous Peoples to co-develop a National Action Plan for Reconciliation. It also promises to implement the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls's calls for justice.  

The party's pledges also include lifting all drinking water advisories by 2021, improving access to mental health and addiction treatment services — including “an evidence-based action plan to prevent suicide backed by dedicated federal resources,” and building a treatment centre for residents of Grassy Narrows affected by long-term mercury exposure and compensating families affected by mercury poisoning.

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