Aboriginal Numbers Soar, census shows

Globe and Mail Update and Canadian Press
January 15, 2008 at 2:58 PM EST

Canada's aboriginal popluation has incresed 45 per cent over a decade and cracked the one-million mark for the first time since records have been kept, new census data indicate.

In 2006, 1,172,790 people said they were member of at least one of three aboriginal groups: North American Indian, Metis (mixed native-European descent) or Iniut.

The fastest gain in population of the three groups was in the Metis population, which almost doubled in 10 years.  Those who identified themselves as Indian increased by 29 per cent, while the Iniut population went up 26 per cent.

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