Aboriginal, First Nations, Métis, Status Indians
Aboriginal compared to non-Aboriginal population
There were very large increases in the number of persons identifying as Aboriginal peoples between the Censuses, an increase well above what would be expected from natural increase. The explanation of why the growth is so high is that the willingness of Aboriginal people to identify has been increasing over time, particularly among those over 35 years of age and the Métis.
Therefore any comparisons made between Censuses of the characteristics of Aboriginal people, such as their unemployment rates or educational attainment, should be done with caution as change may be due primarily to the difference in who identified between the two periods.
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