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2006 Census Data on Aboriginals Released

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There’s lots of coverage and interpretation of the 2006 census data as it relates to aboriginal people in Canada. Some note that urban centres are increasingly drawing native people away from rural reserves. Others discuss the legacies of counting native people.

Of particular note, there is real interest in the state of native languages. Metis languages are declining in use where Cree use is apparently on the rise.

And, from the Canadian Press, an article about distinguishing between self-identification with native ancestry and being aboriginal:

The distance between [being aboriginal and feeling aboriginal] is reflected in the latest census results from Statistics Canada.

The agency has tried for a decade now to distinguish between being aboriginal and feeling aboriginal. Since 1996, the census has asked native respondents whether they were of aboriginal ancestry, but also whether they identified with that cultural heritage.

What it found was that in 2006, 1.7 million people reported having at least some aboriginal ancestry, up from 1.3 million in 2001 and 1.1 million in 1996.

Click here for StatsCan’s 2006 Census reports and for background information.

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