We're Done Asking,
We're Voting.

Indigenous women have waited long enough for the government of Canada to take our issues and our voices seriously, we’re done asking for action, we’re taking action. Indigenous women are voting in 2021.

Election day is September 20, 2021.

Read the NWAC Priorities List

See our full election scorecard

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Why should I vote?

A single bead is small, but when strung together with many other beads, they become something remarkable.

When Indigenous women’s voices come together to vote in this federal election, we will be unignorable.

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Where do I start?

NWAC has created a series of resources, including this website and downloadable guide. We will be providing weekly virtual workshops with NWAC President Lorraine Whitman throughout the election cycle to help Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQ people learn more about voting.

Download NWAC's guide to voting

Learn about your democratic rights

Virtual Workshop series

Go to our Facebook page to sign up for virtual workshops with Lorraine Whitman and other special guests.

  • How to vote and how to register to vote.
  • Understanding political empowerment and how it makes a difference.
  • Key issues NWAC is advocating for during this election cycle
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Step 1:
Register to vote

Registering to vote is the first step in making sure your voice is heard this election. If you don’t register in advance, you can still register when you go to vote! Check to see if you are already registered by clicking here.

Online

Use the online voter registration service to register in advance by clicking here.

BY MAIL, EMAIL OR FAX

Contact Elections Canada in advance of the election and they will send you a registration form by mail, email, or fax. Click here for contact information.

ELECTIONS CANADA OFFICE

Register at an Elections Canada office in person. To find your nearest Elections Canada office you can click here. Enter your postal code to find information about your riding, location of polling stations, and local Elections Canada offices.

AT The Polls

You can register to vote when you show up to the polls if you bring ID showing proof of identity and address.

Step 2:
Where and
When to vote

Election day is September 20, 2021, but that isn’t your only opportunity to vote. There are four different ways you can vote in the federal election.

In Person

On election day, go to your polling station to vote. Bring your voter card (if you have one), proof of identification, and proof of address. Find your polling station by clicking here.

In Person - Advance

You can vote early at polling stations that are open before election day. They will be held September 10-13th. Find your advance polling station by clicking here.

Elections Canada Office

From the day the election is called until 6pm Sept 14, you can vote at any of the over 500 Elections Canada offices across the country. Click here to find your local office and find out when it’s open.

By Mail

Complete and print the Application for Registration and Special Ballot from Elections Canada. Your application must be received at Elections Canada before 6pm on the Tuesday before the election (September 14). Your ballot must be received by Elections Canada by September 20, 2021 – election day. Click here to find out more information about voting by mail, also known as Special Ballot Voting.

What I.D. Should You Bring

To vote, you need to show proof of identity and proof of address. A full list of accepted ID can be found by clicking here. There are three options for which ID to bring.

1 Piece of I.D.

This can be a driver’s licence; any other card issued by a Canadian government with your photo, name, and current address; or an expired ID as long as it has your name, photo, and current address.

2 Pieces of I.D.

Both must have your name and one must have your current address.

If you Have No I.D.

If you don’t have ID, you can still vote by providing your identity and address in writing and having a person who knows you and is assigned to the same polling station vouch for you. Be aware, a person can only vouch for one other person!

STEP 3:
LEARN WHERE THE LEADERS STAND ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S ISSUES

Deciding who to vote for can be tough, so we’ve highlighted some of the platform promises Canada’s biggest political parties have made on issues important to Indigenous women.

NWAC’s key policy issue Scores

This is how the major Federal parties compare on NWAC’s key policy issues for the election, click to read more about responses to issues affecting Indigenous women.

Learn more:
Read the NWAC Priorities List
See our full election scorecard.

Liberal Party Justin Trudeau

NWAC Score: B

Conservative party erin o’toole

NWAC Score: D

New Democratic Party jagmeet Singh

NWAC Score: A

Green party of Canada annamie Paul

NWAC Score: B

Bloc QuébécoisYves-François Blanchet

NWAC Score: D

What's in the news

This resource section will be updated to reflect important upcoming and current info you need to know surrounding the election.

English Debate

The English-language debate will be held on September 9th from 9 to 11pm EDT at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.

French Debate

The French-Language debate will be held on September 8th from 8 to 10pm EDT at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.

STEP 4:
Spread the word!

Let’s make sure we get as many Indigenous women voting this election as possible. Together, our voices will become unignorable. Let your friends and family know that you will be voting and they should do the same to amplify the Indigenous voice.

Share the messages below on your social media

Indigenous women have waited long enough for the government of Canada to take our issues and our voices seriously. We’re done asking for action, we’re voting in #elxn44. Join me and @NWAC_CA and vote on Sept. 20th #cdnpoli.

Indigenous women have waited long enough for the government of Canada to take our issues and our voices seriously. We’re done asking for action, we’re voting in #elxn44. Join me and @NWAC_CA and vote on Sept. 20th #cdnpoli.

Indigenous women have waited long enough for the government of Canada to take our issues and our voices seriously. We’re done asking for action, we’re voting in #elxn44. Join me and @NWAC_CA and vote on Sept. 20th #cdnpoli.

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