The Politics of Inclusion: Granting Aboriginals the Vote
From Confederation to 1960, there had never been a time when every age
eligible Canadian could vote. Whether it was because of race, gender,
national origin, or religious belief, there have always Canadian citizens
that were excluded from the democratic process.
Finally, the federal government removed the restrictions placed on aboriginal
peoples with respect to the vote. Beginning in 1960, aboriginal Canadians
were no longer required to give up their treaty rights and renounce their
status under the Indian Act in order to qualify for the vote.
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Summary Chart of Voting Rights 1900-1960