The study team is led by McMaster University researcher Dr. Chelsea Gabel (Department of Health, Aging & Society; Indigenous Studies) and is funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).The interest and uptake of Internet voting and e-democracy among First Nations suggests the importance of research in this area. The proposed project brings together a unique collaboration of academic, community, government and industry partners, and leverages this partnership to address a number of substantial gaps in our knowledge of First Nations civic and electoral engagement, local governance, and the impact of digital technology. This partnership includes four First Nation communities in Ontario that plan to implement Internet voting and e-democracy, the Union of Ontario Indians, Elections Canada, industry partner Scytl (a firm involved in developing Internet voting and democracy software), and NEOnet (a not-for- profit organization advocating for Aboriginal and northern/rural IT needs). It also includes York’s Institute for Social Research, Ryerson’s Centre for Indigenous Governance and Carleton University’s Survey Centre.

Meet our team
Chelsea Gabel
Chelsea Gabel

applicant

Nicole Goodman
Nicole Goodman

co-applicant

Karen Bird
Karen Bird

co-applicant

Les Jacobs
Les Jacobs

collaborator

Jon Pammett
Jon Pammett

collaborator

Stephanie Plante
Stephanie Plante

research assistant

Brian Budd
Brian Budd

research assistant

Theo Nazary
Theo Nazary

research assistant

Matthew McManus

research assistant

Marrissa Mathews
Marrissa Mathews

research assistant

Liam Midzain-Gobin

research assistant

Brandon Gaudette

research assistant