Urban Aboriginal Peoples
The term - Urban Aboriginal people - refers primarily to Inuit, Métis and First Nation individuals currently residing in urban areas. According to 2011 Census data, off-reserve Aboriginal people constitute the fastest growing segment of Canadian society. In 2011, 56% of Aboriginal people lived in urban areas, up from 49% in 1996.
The cities with the largest Aboriginal populations in 2011 were Winnipeg (78,420), Edmonton (61,765), Vancouver (52,375), Toronto (36,995), Calgary (33,370), Ottawa-Gatineau (30,570), Montreal (26,280), Saskatoon (23,895), and Regina (19,785).
An Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy
The Government of Canada put in place the Urban Aboriginal Strategy to better support the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the Canadian economy, and recognizes the crucial role played by urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada in accomplishing this.
On February 6, 2014, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced an improved, consolidated and streamlined Urban Aboriginal Strategy with two components:
- Urban Partnerships: Program encourages partnerships and community planning.
- Community Capacity Support: Program provides operational support to urban Aboriginal organizations.
This new streamlined approach was developed following a series of engagement sessions with urban Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders.
**Update on Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy**
AANDC and the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) have finalized program and funding agreements for both the Urban Partnerships and Community Capacity Support programs. Urban Aboriginal organizations can contact the NAFC for more information on how to apply for funding.
- Fact Sheet: The Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy
- Backgrounder: Urban Aboriginal Programming at AANDC
- Frequently Asked Questions: Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy
- Fact Sheet - Urban Aboriginal population in Canada
- AANDC's Urban Aboriginal Strategy program terms and conditions for funding
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