Some aboriginal people are taking another look at the federal election after an indigenous group trying to get people to the polls was at Portage Place Mall in downtown Winnipeg Tuesday.
- Studies show voter turnout rate for First Nations people is generally lower than national average, sometimes by substantial percentage
Winnipeg Indigenous Rock The Vote (WIRTV) said many aboriginal voters don't think they have the proper identification.
Voters either need a driver's licence or two things that show your address and your name, according to Elections Canada.
"It could be some really uncommon things like you could have your debit card and your apartment lease or your debit card and your Manitoba hydro bill," said Lisa Forbes a volunteer with WIRTV.
"So, think two items, that show your name and address. Don't think two ID, cause that'll throw you off," Forbes said.
Even people with no fixed address can vote; such as homeless people, people living on reserve, students in residence, or people who live in long term care homes. There's a new form this year these groups can get signed that counts as one part of the two part identification process.
Forbes said one thing that doesn't count as ID, is the voter identification card voters get in the mail.
"Even though it shows your name and address - you can't use it," she said.
'I just never thought about it,' voter says
The biggest barrier WIRTV encounters with aboriginal voters is disengagement and apathy.
Aboriginal voter Megan Sumner, 23, has never even thought of voting before Tuesday because she didn't think it mattered.
"No one has ever told me to vote, but I think what she's saying is good," Sumner said.
After being stopped by WIRTV volunteers, the adult education student said she has changed her mind.
"I think I would vote, I mean she brought a lot of good points. If it really makes a difference, people should vote," she said.
Now that Sumner has committed to voting, the 23-year-old Lake St. Martin voter has some homework to do before the Oct. 19 vote.
"I don't know too much about it right now, but I could always learn about it."