Abstract - Aboriginal populations in Canadian cities: Why are they growing so fast? - Canadian Issues, Winter 2009

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Title: Aboriginal populations in Canadian cities: Why are they growing so fast? - Canadian Issues, Winter 2009

Date: 2009

Author(s): Eric Guimond, Norbert Robitaille, Sacha Sénécal

Abstract: Urban Aboriginal populations have been growing very quickly over the past decade. For most observers, migration would be the main driver of this spectacular growth. But research has repeatedly shown that the idea of a "mass exodus" of Aboriginal populations from Indian reserves to Canadian cities is a myth. Since 1966, there have been more people moving to reserves than leaving. In fact, traditional components of demographic growth - fertility, mortality and migration - cannot account for all of the observed growth. With this analysis, we show how ethnic mobility, defined as changes in self-reporting of ethnicity, has been and is likely to continue to be an important component to the growth of Aboriginal populations in Canadian cities.

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