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Indigenous Population Reaches 1.8 Million, Growing Twice as Fast as Non-Indigenous Canadians: 2021 CensusNews WAALI

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The indigenous population grew almost twice as fast as the non-indigenous population and now stands at 1.8 million, or about five percent of the total population, according to newly released census data.

From 2016 to 2021, Canada’s Indigenous population grew by 9.4 percent, compared to the non-Indigenous population, which grew by just 5.3 percent over the same period.

Although this growth rate is high, it is almost half the growth rate of the indigenous population between 2011 and 2016, which was 18.9 percent.

Highlights of the 2021 Census of Indigenous People in Canada:

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    There were 624,220 Métis living in Canada, 6.3 percent more than in 2016.

  • 70,545 Inuit lived in Canada.

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    1,048,405 First Nations lived in Canada.

  • Major urban centers were home to 801,045 tribal people, a 12.5 percent increase from 2016 to 2021.

  • Overall, the indigenous population was 8.2 years younger than the non-indigenous population.

  • Indigenous peoples were more likely than the non-Indigenous population to live in a dwelling in need of major repairs (16.4 percent vs. 5.7 percent) or in overcrowded dwellings (17.1 percent vs. 9.4 percent).

  • Almost one in five Aboriginal people in Canada (18.8 percent) lived in a low-income household. That was down almost 10 percentage points from 2016, but the decline was likely due to government transfers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Statistics Canada.

There’s more to come.

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