Since Conservative Angus Mckay — who was Métis — became the first indigenous person elected to Canada’s parliament in 1871, Indigenous Peoples have entered the realm of federal politics in increasing numbers. With the 42nd federal election underway, here’s a brief look at the party’s indigenous candidates, platforms and some ridings to watch.
Between the Conservatives, Green Party, Liberals and NDP, so far a total of 34 indigenous candidates are running in the 42nd federal election. That’s up slightly from the 2011 election, when there were 31 indigenous candidates in those same parties. This number could still rise because the deadline for nominations isn’t until September 28, 2015.
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