A look into why there’s a record number of Indigenous candidates for the 2021 federal election


In a year where many people thought an election was unnecessary, a record number of Indigenous candidates have answered the call for their party and put their name forward.

At present there are 77 candidates who identify as either First Nation, Inuit or Métis.

According to an analysis by the Assembly of First Nations, 23 of the candidates are First Nations.

Chadwick Cowie, from Hiawatha First Nation, works in the department of political science at McGill University in Montreal and studies Indigenous and Canadian politics.

He joins APTN News to break down why so many people are coming forward to hold public office.