FEBRUARY 26, 1920

CANADIAN DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT PASSED–EXCLUDES INUIT & FIRST NATIONS

The Dominion Elections Act, on face, gave the federal vote to every eligible Canadian over 21, male or female.  Treaty Aboriginal people (First Nations) and Inuit were still not eligible because of the “trust” relationship.  Also ineligible were those barred from provincial voters lists, including Asians and Hindus.  Upon receiving royal assent on July 1, Section 107 of the amended Indian Act further provided that qualified status Indians could be forced to accept enfranchisement and loss of treaty rights.  The section will be repealed in 1929 but reintroduced in a modified form in 1933.  The Inuit became eligible to vote in 1950.  “Status” Indians did not get the right to vote until 1960.

Sources:  John F. Leslie, “Indigenous Suffrage,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 4/7/2016.  Retrieved, 12/21/2019, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/indigenous-suffrage http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_26
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