Extension of Voting Rights


The right to vote was extended to all Aboriginal people, under the condition that they gave up their tax-exempt Indian status. Meaning, that any person who was "non-status" was eligible to vote, however, barriers to accessing the vote still remained. Universal enfranchisement for First Nations people was granted in 1960.

From the 1960's forward, Indigenous peoples, status or non-status, on reserve or off reserve, were given the right to vote. Beforehand, rules regarding the enfranchisement of Indigenous peoples excluded those with status, or the individual would have to relinquish their status in order to enfranchise. Afterwards, all Indigenous peoples were eligible to vote, and were not forced to give up their "Indian status."