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
On February 6, 2014, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced the renewal of this funding as part of an improved consolidated and streamlined Urban Aboriginal Strategy that will continue to focus on encouraging partnerships and collaboration to help increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy.
Existing AANDC programming is being replaced by two new programs. To learn more about this change and the new programs, please visit the new program web pages:
- Fact Sheet: The Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy
- Backgrounder: Urban Aboriginal Programming at AANDC
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fact Sheet - Urban Aboriginal population in Canada
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