More people identifying as Indigenous, expert says
Aug 02, 2018
Alberta’s Indigenous population is growing rapidly, but one expert says it’s unlikely the growth is the result of a baby boom.
Alberta’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit populations collectively increased by 37.1 per cent from 2006 to 2016, while the non-Indigenous population grew by 22.3 per cent, according to Alberta’s Office of Statistics and Information report based on census data.
Chris Andersen, professor and dean of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies, said the Indigenous population is increasing partially because more people are identifying as Indigenous.
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