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Alberta's Indigenous population seeing growth

Alberta's Indigenous population seeing growth

Posted on: 10/25/2017 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

Recent editions of The Owl have looked at the contributions interprovincial and international migration as well as natural increase are making to our demographic growth. Alberta’s Indigenous population is another key variable in this equation.

According to Statistics Canada's 2016 Census of Aboriginal peoples*, 258,645 Indigenous people live in Alberta, accounting for 6.5 per cent of the provincial population. Alberta is home to 15.5 per cent of the total Indigenous population in Canada.

The census also shows Alberta’s Indigenous population grew by 37.1 per cent between 2006 and 2016 compared to 23.2 per cent for the population as a whole. This is explained in part by the fact that Alberta’s Indigenous population is younger than the general population with an average age of 29.8 years compared to 37.8.

Nationally, the Indigenous population grew by 42.5 per cent between 2006 and 2016. This is more than four times the growth rate of Canada’s non-Indigenous population. The Indigenous population is projected to reach 430,000, provincially, and 2.5 million, nationally, by 2036.

*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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