Candidates claiming Indigeneity need to tell voters which nations claim them back

By Shari Narine, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter This federal election will have the highest number of self-identified Indigenous candidates seeking seats. According to a Canadian Press analysis, there are at least 77 Indigenous candidates, 15 more than the 62 that ran in 2019. However, Niigaan Sinclair, assistant professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, is suspicious about that high number. “It’s also a lot of people who are claiming to be Indigenous when they weren’t claiming to be Indigenous two weeks ago? “They’re claiming to be Indigenous when the fact is a closer analysis would show that they don’t have a legitimate claim. We won’t find that out until well after the federal election, so it’s a question of whether they get voted in or not. But if…

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