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No surprise here: Canada's Aboriginal population is growing

StatsCan: by 2036, 1 in 5 people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will be Indigenous

This probably isn’t news to many, but the growth of Canada’s Indigenous population isn’t slowing down.

According to a new report by Statistics Canada, a huge portion of Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s population will be Aboriginal by 2036.

The agency cites growing families and changes to self-reported identification as main factors that’ll change the statistical makeup of the provinces.

Canada’s Indigenous population is growing — something between 1.1 and 2.3% every year — which is quite a difference from the 0.9% growth expected in the general Canadian population.

A new report from StatsCan says Manitoba and Saskatchewan will have the greatest growth in Aboriginal population. By 2036, one in five residents of both provinces will be First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

What can we do to take advantage of this growth? How can we ensure culture and heritage become strong components of Indigenous peoples’ lives?

 

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