Indigenous Parliamentarians Across Canada: By the Numbers

Article 6 / 8 , Vol 42 No. 2 (Summer)

Indigenous Parliamentarians Across Canada: By the Numbers

Following Confederation, Indigenous Peoples in Canada

faced various restrictions which prevented many of them

from participating actively within the country’s

parliamentary system. Enfranchisement was delayed for

Status Indians and uneven across provinces when federal

legislation extending voting rights was repealed.Å

Systemic barriers brought about by the affects of centuries

of colonialism, including poverty, racial prejudice and lack

of adequate health care and education further limited

capacity for participation. Moreover, the nation to nation

understanding of treaty rights led some Indigenous

Canadians to decline to exercise their right to vote or stand

for office when enfranchisement was granted. Despite

facing these kinds of barriers, Indigenous Parliamentarians

have grown in number over the past few decades.

Å Indigenous Suffrage, The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Graphic credits: Canada with Provinces – Single Color by

Indigenous Parliamentarians Across Canada:

By the Numbers

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada has

confirmed the following number of Members self-identify as Indigenous as

of April 10, 2019. In the case of Yukon, which does not have a legislative

librarian, its numbers were confirmed through the Yukon Legislative

Assembly Office.