During the 2006 Census, 196,075 British Columbians identified themselves as Aboriginal. The Aboriginal population is made up of those persons who self-identified with at least one Aboriginal group (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) or who reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian (as defined by the Indian Act of Canada) or who were members of an Indian Band or First Nation. Aboriginal people live in many different areas of the province, and B.C. is home to 200 First Nations communities.
The Aboriginal Community Data Initiative was started by Statistics Canada to provide Aboriginal communities with important data for planning and understanding the demographics of their community, and the population in surrounding areas. These profiles provide a wealth of information on socio-economic conditions including population, children and families, Aboriginal language, education, labour force participation, industry, occupation and work activity, earnings and total income, at the community level. These profiles can help communities:
- develop directions for strategic planning at the community level;
- influence public policy; and
- support funding proposals.
The Aboriginal Community Data Initiative is supported by a number of contributing organizations including Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the First Nations Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada and, in British Columbia, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, BC Stats and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development (through the Labour Market Information initiative under the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement).
Below is a list of First Nation community profiles. You may filter the list by choosing a specific Economic Region from the Filter By Region selection box or by entering the name of a First Nation community in the text box under Placename.
The Excel files support the data which appear in the PDF profiles. Each Excel file contains the variables for the total population of British Columbia, the Aboriginal population on reserve, and the Aboriginal population for the First Nation Community.
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For information on Aboriginal Communities in Alberta please visit Alberta Aboriginal Relations.