Aboriginal Women Not Allowed to Vote

According to the Indian Act, Aboriginal women could neither vote nor be elected to band counsels until the Act was amended in 1951. The vote for Aboriginal women came roughly 33 years after suffrage was granted to white settler women within Canada in all provinces exempting Quebec (1940).

Result
Aboriginal women were removed from the political sphere of band life, and lost much of the status they had held within their communities prior to the introduction of this rule. As such, the Canadian Government continued to enact their goal of assimilation by institutionally attempting to remove Aboriginal women's political capacity and influence.
Rural or Urban
both
Start Date
1876-00-00
End Date
1951-00-00
Community