During Daughters of the Vote, 68 Indigenous delegates took their place in the House of Commons. With the sounding of drumming and a women’s warrior song, they started the historic sitting on March 8, 2017.
Delegates, both those who are Indigenous and those who are not, have identified the issue of Indigenous rights and decolonization as important to them. In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and during the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, these issues are critical to our country’s future.
Daughters of the Vote from coast to coast to coast are already working to change education curriculum, to improve party platforms and engage in teaching and reconciliation.
Two delegates have been selected to help capture the expertise and experiences of Daughters of the Vote and to collect and share information and resources to support other young women in making change.
Ally Freedman, Ottawa Centre
Ally is a sixth-generation Métis woman with experience bringing an Indigenous perspective to diverse fields and serving as an advocate for Indigenous people. Currently, she works with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada promoting the hiring of qualified Indigenous applicants to all levels of the public service. Ally also volunteers with the Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School, and has worked alongside her father to educate and train those in the private and public sector about Indigenous people. She also has an educational background in reconciliation, colonization, residential schools, the 60s scoop, and child protective services.
Dani Lanouette, Ottawa Vanier
Dani is an anishinaabe kwe from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario and Algonquins of Barrier Lake, Quebec, and is part of the Otter clan. Dani advocated for Indigenous studies classes at her high school and was successful in having Indigenous studies classes implemented in all secondary schools in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She has an education background in Aboriginal Studies and plans on pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Indigenous Studies. She is also a volunteer with Canadian Roots Exchange, a non-profit focused on decolonization and bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous youth, including facilitating workshops and blanket exercises and leading youth exchanges in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Quebec.