CALGARY – A movement encouraging indigenous people across Canada to vote on Monday held a rally in Calgary Thursday afternoon.
Dubbed #RockTheIndigenousVote, it’s a self-professed group of “political and media savvy Indigenous people.”
“We have the ability to swing 51 ridings across our nation,” said founder Cara Currie-Hall in a statement.
“We are the sleeping giant and our voices will be heard.”
The Thursday rally drew about 50 people, and targeted Stephen Harper’s riding of Calgary Heritage. It followed a rally in Maskwacis in central Alberta on Wednesday. Events were also held in the last few weeks in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton, with another planned for Vancouver on Friday.
Currie-Hall said indigenous peoples involved in the campaign want to see change by “either electing an indigenous candidate or someone that has a platform where our interests are being served and recognized.”
The group’s website has a list of aboriginal candidates running in the federal election that you can see here.
“Our vote will cause the government of Canada to have a better relationship based on our Nation-to-Nation belief systems with our peoples,” said Currie-Hall. “We cannot afford to let this election go by without letting our voices be heard through our vote.”