Published: November 1, 2017
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
Statistics Canada released another instalment of Census data last week, this time focused on Indigenous populations and immigration.
The number of Indigenous people in Canada is on the rise making up almost 5 per cent of Canada’s total population at the end of 2016. Measuring at 1.67 million, the growth rate registered 42.5 per cent over the last 10 years and four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population.
Across the country the average age of the Indigenous population was 32.1 years, significantly younger than the non-Indigenous population that was 40.9 per cent. Over 7 per cent of Indigenous people in Canada are 65 or older, compared to 4.8 per cent in 2006.
In Red Lake 22 per cent of the district’s population identified as Aboriginal and around nine per cent noted they were immigrants. From 2011-2016, 65 residents came to Canada and settled in Red Lake, an increase of 15 from the previous reporting period. Additionally 97 per respondents identified as Canadian citizens and fewer than 9 per cent said they were immigrants. Countries in which residents have immigrated from varied with 105 people saying they were from the Americas (Brazil, Peru, and the United States), 160 from European countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Twenty five respondents said they were from Africa and 55 from Asia.