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Edmonton home to Alberta's largest Indigenous population

Edmonton home to Alberta's largest Indigenous population

Posted on: 11/2/2017 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

Alberta’s Indigenous* population is younger and growing faster than the general population—which is good news for our labour market and retail sector—but it’s not evenly spread around the province.

Edmonton has the largest Indigenous population among Alberta’s urban areas at 76,205 (as of the 2016 Census). This is 29.5 per cent of the province’s total Indigenous population and 5.9 per cent of Edmonton’s population.

Although its total population is slightly larger than Edmonton’s, Calgary has a smaller Indigenous population (41,645). Calgary’s Indigenous residents represent 16.1 per cent of Alberta’s Indigenous population and 3.0 per cent of Calgary’s population.

In both Grande Prairie and Lloydminster, over one in 10 residents self-identifies as an Indigenous person.

Among the 111,995 First Nations people in Alberta with treaty status, 43.9 per cent were living on a reserve in 2016.

*The term “Aboriginal” was used in the 2016 Census questionnaire to refer to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples living in Canada. “Indigenous” is a common term used to refer to all three groups by most federal and provincial government departments.

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