Does Voting Matter? - Marcie's Story Video Transcript

The entire video is live action. 

[Opening music playing.]  

[Black screen. The title, Does Voting Matter? appears, followed by the words Marcie’s story.]     

Marcie: Treyton’s my first born. He’s very wise for his age.
    
[Medium wide shot of woman seated on a couch with a male teen, looking at camera and smiling. This medium shot is replaced by a side camera angle of the pair while the son talks.]    

Treyton: I’m Treyton. This is my mom, Marcie. I feel like I was raised a bit different than my mom because I was born in the city and that’s where I kinda grew up. 
    
[Close-up of a photograph of a young girl.]      

Marcie: So I grew up on the reserve in the First Nation of Kitigan Zibi...

[Back to medium wide shot of mother and son seated on the couch, while woman is speaking to camera.]     

Marcie: ... was only exposed to the people in my community so ...

[Close-up of a family picture. A child is seated on the lap of an older male figure, and other people are gathered around them.]     

Marcie: ... so I wasn’t really sure what was on the outside, or things that were going on in the world.

[Back to medium wide shot of mother and son seated on the couch, while woman is speaking to camera.]     

Marcie: I was sheltered within my own community. 

[Close-up of 3 different photographs.  A couple standing in a field. 1947 is written at the bottom of the image.  Followed by picture of an older Indigenous smiling couple, followed by picture of 3 Indigenous couples standing on front porch of house.]     

Marcie: Being brought up and living with my grandparents, it just occurred to me now, that they didn’t have the right to vote which is probably why my mom has never voted...
Back to medium wide shot of mother and son seated on the couch, while woman is speaking to camera. 

Marcie: ... because her parents never voted. And so really I’m the first generation of my family to go out and vote which is quite surprising. 

[Back to side angle shot of mother and son while son is talking.]    

Treyton: My mom voted like four years ago.

[Series of different camera angles of the mother and son seated on couch while mother talks to camera.]      

Marcie: Yes. So my first time voting was four years ago. It was a big thing for me to wrap my head around and try to understand how people vote in Canada, and how can you vote for someone that you don’t know, that doesn’t live down the street from you. I looked for things that focused on First Nations issues and that’s how I was able to make that connection. I thought it was going to be this big process, but it was actually, I just walked into this room and I thought I was so special. Then I didn’t think much of it after until the election night. It was actually really exciting and I felt like I was part of that movement or that decision that was made. 

[Back to side angle shot of mother and son while son is talking.]    

Treyton: Lots of teenagers, right now, don’t think about voting and if a parent or someone at the school were to come in and talk to them about voting, it would probably help a lot.  

[Series of different camera angles of the mother and son seated on couch while mother talks to camera.]      

Marcie: Ask your friends, ask your friend’s parents, ask your own parents, ask anyone really, and they’ll be able to share their story with you as well. My hope is that more youth get involved and that Treyton feels that this is a right that he has and, because we live in Canada, he does. And so that’s something very powerful and I really feel that youth may not feel that they’re part of that but they really are, because we’re all part of this country and we’re all going to make a difference. 

[White background. Elections Canada logo and the following words written underneath:]

This video has been developed by Elections Canada as part of an educational resource for secondary students.

[Followed by the website and telephone numbers:]
www.electionsanddemocracy.ca
1-800-463-6868
1-800-361-8935 (TTY)