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Former Political Candidate on Navigating Indigenous Digital Spaces

Avneet Takhar

2 min read

Indigenous members that are represented in federal Canadian elections are few and far between, with barriers to access even though inclusion of their distinct world views in political institutions would prove to be a major asset. 

Matthew Norris happens to be a candidate that was put forward for the Vancouver City Council 2022 by One City Vancouver- and is a proud member of Lac La Ronge First Nation.

Whilst running for the election, he focused on issues prioritizing climate change, affordable housing, decolonization with United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) principles (building reciprocal relationships with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wauth- the rights to self-determination and self-governance), equity and racial justice, alternative policing models (addressing social detriments to health, poverty, discrimination and accountable governance) and equitable representation.

Norris used effective digital channels and his platform to actively reach both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to encourage them to vote; savvily using social media to weave his cultural values (and humour!) into his messaging.

In this sixth episode, the conversation gets into why intentional digital processes are important for communities, what “a seat at the table” in politics looks like for Indigenous folks, and the importance of upending the status quo in order to make equitable change.

You can also listen to the conversation here via Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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