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CONTRIBUTION · 30th October 2011
Stacey Tyers
I write something similar every election, Federal, Provincial or Municipal.

If you do not vote, you will not be represented. You will continue to feel like government is not hearing you, can not understand where you are at in your life and thus will feel disenfranchised. This gives you more rational reasoning to not vote. You tell yourself, it's always the same... they are all the same... nothing ever changes.

Only you, the democratic voter has the ability to truly change things. If you feel you are not represented then vote for those who represent you. If you feel unheard, vote for those who hear you. If you choose not to vote, you will simply be accepting the votes of those not in your situation.

I have said if every person in poverty took the time to vote (I know finding time is hard these days, but it's simply too important not to.) we would have a much different country, province and city. If elected officials know you are going to get out there and vote, they have no choice but to start addressing the plights you face.

If every person between 18-35 voted, we would see a significant shift in politics. We would see a country, province and city focused and committed to a youth driven society.

If all First Nations in the city voted, we would see a stronger commitment to First Nations representation.

As long as you don't vote, there is no mandate for people to consider your situation, consider your needs or to hear you.

You have a broad choice of representation this municipal election. Look at the candidates and decided who has your voice. If in fact they get elected and lose your voice, remind them.

People die all over the world for the simple right to vote, use yours.

A record number of people, myself included have stepped forward and said they want to share and represent your voice. I'd like to see a record number of voters say, I HAVE a voice.

Your vote IS your voice. If you continue to be silenced you can expect more of the same.
Thank you.
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 31st October 2011
Thank you Janice, I try to respect everyone.

Dawna, excellent idea. I will be doing door knocking, obviously promoting myself but I will create a simple pamphlet for that as well.

I'm still concerned that the one voting location limits voter turnout.
simple handouts
Comment by dawna on 31st October 2011
Years ago, friends and I went door-to-door in Thornhill encouraging everyone to vote. We handed out notices explaining eligibility and how to get on the voter's list. We were amazed that a vast majority of those we spoke to were unaware that you don't have to be a home owner in order to vote.
We took the time to explain the process, didn't endorse any particular candidate, just took the time to stress the importance of voting..We were rewarded for our efforts by the unprecidented number of residents who voted that year.
I think it's time, that prior to elections, we educate those that are unaware of the required criteria that will enable them to cast their vote and assist them on placing their name on the Voter's List. A large number of those who do not vote, also do not access the internet, so I would suggest that simple handouts would be a start in the right direction.
Stacey Tyers.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 31st October 2011
I know you are going to keep your boots on the ground, whatever the results of this election. Whether you win or lose, I want to share this information with you.

A communication was previously published, in the Terrace Daily from Lance Stevens (sp.) about disrespected founders of the Kermode Friendship Centre.

Now, I write to inform you of disrespected Elders of the Kermode Friendship Centre, who walk/drive by the centre every day......and some are already gone! From many First Nations. Aaargh! A grand faux pas has again been committed, in the name of progress........by other natives! Lance is one of them! Oh...., excuse me. Did I offend someone?

It is the same board of directors today, as it was that day when the Elders' funds (from selling soup, fried bread, etc.) were frozen, and they were denied access to their meeting place.

"Friendship centres," are now places of business....and should refrain from exploiting the fact that they are on Tsimshian Territory.

Band councils also need to be taught how to respect Elders, because that is not a course offered by INAC.

Also, many issues here depend on the outcome of the Tsimshian Treaty Process...which would lead us into a bastardized process that almost killed the Nisga'a Nation. I couldn't miss it, because they live right there.

Our young people seen it too.
Sophie Pierre bellows, "You got one year to enforce those treaties!" Who the heck are you, Sophie? We're going to save the beavers, swim out at the hotsprings, embrace life, protest Enbridge, and hang with our buds.

And yes, they love me at Kitsumkalum too. I have run for chief counselor before. Mom forecast that I would get 15 votes. I got 16, because she forgot to count her own vote. Sometimes we vote, sometimes not. Mom was a statesperson, and loved politics. She counted votes like gamblers count cards.

The last election she voted in, she determined that the two brothers were in a dead heat. She called, and I went with the two of them to vote. How many votes determined the winner folks?

This is not democracy, but I need to do everything I can to make it so, because I believe the Tsimshian need to reject that treaty......and keep the Indian Act.

I know you respect Elders, Ms. Tyers. I heard that you do. Good luck.

Renters, First Natons etc..
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 31st October 2011
Who Can Vote?
All City of Terrace residents who meet the eligibility criteria listed below can vote. People who own property in Terrace but live outside Terrace can also vote.
Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic Elections.
No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.
Only City of Terrace residents and non-resident property owners are eligible to vote in the Terrace Election.

DOWNLOAD Voter's Guide (pdf)
Terrace Resident Elector - Eligibility
To vote in a civic Election in Terrace you must be at the time of voting:

At least 18 years of age on or before General Voting Day;
A Canadian citizen;
Have lived in B.C. for at least six months;
Have lived in the City of Terrace for at least 30 days; and
Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.


This information can be obtained at:
http://www.terrace.ca/city_hall/mayor_and_council/election_information

so it does not matter if you are First Nations or not in this case as long as the above apply.
How to register to vote.
Comment by Maggie Jo on 30th October 2011
Janice has some very good questions re: voting.

As far as I know...one needs to be a resident of BC for the last 6 months and be 18+ yrs of age and may not be disqualified from voting as a result of a conviction under the Election Act.

For more info vist the following link on how to register online for voting:

http://www.elections.bc.ca/

The Public Library has computers to use free of charge; otherwise call toll free 1 800 661 8683 .

According to the response stats on "Terrace Daily"...we all tend to voice our opinions. Perhaps we could direct that energy in "voting" form as well?
A famous rooster
Comment by blocky bear on 30th October 2011
Foghorn Leghorn was heard to say ah say,ah say there boy ah do agree!d.b.
Terrace First Nations.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 30th October 2011
Are Tsimshian allowed to vote if we just rent in town? Does it matter if we are status or non-status? Can native people vote for the school board, even if our children do not attend, for whatever reason?

Can homeless people vote in the Regional District elections? What if we only live in a trailer? Is everybody correctly, and automatically registered?

What non-native elections can people who live at Kitsumkalum vote in?

Thankyou.