Despite, or perhaps because of, the confusion over their status in Canadian society, the Inuit had not experienced the restrictions on voting rights that had plagued other Native peoples. Until the 1939 court decision that recognized them, for administrative purposes, as "Indians," the Inuit had been regarded as individual citizens. Consequently, they had not been barred from voting. This changed in 1934 when they were excluded from the federal franchise, but this move was reversed in 1950 and the vote extended once more to Inuit.

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