Indigenous peoples celebrate the 55th anniversary of Indigenous voting rights
Last updated 5/10/2015 at 6:10pm
WINNIPEG, MB-On March 31, 1960, then-governor general of Canada Georges Vanier gave royal assent to the bill that gave Inuit and First Nations peoples the right to vote for the first time. This was a right that had been denied to them on reserves under the Indian Act.
To mark the anniversary, a celebration was held in downtown Winnipeg, hosted by Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Rebecca Chartrand two federal candidates for the Liberal Party in the expected fall federal election. Indigenous and non-indigenous supporters of the candidates showed up for the noon-hour event.