In any one year, Friendship Centres across Canada serve over 2.3 million client contacts through 1,493 programs. All of our programs are provided ‘status-blind’, that is without consideration if a person is a status Indian, non-status Indian, Métis, Inuit or non-Aboriginal.
62% of off-reserve Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over lived in Friendship Centre Catchment Areas in 2006 (APS 2006, NAFC Catchment Area Analysis).
First Nations people more likely to move than the non-Aboriginal population
Eight out of 10 First Nations people (81%) lived at the same address in 2006 as they did one year before the Census. This compares with 86% of the non-Aboriginal population.
The First Nations population is slightly more likely than non-Aboriginal people to have either moved within the same census subdivision1 (11% versus 8%) or to have relocated to their current address from another community (8% versus 5%).
The Aboriginal population is young and growing
48% of Aboriginal peoples included in Census 2006 were under the age of 25 compared to 32% for the non-Aboriginal population (see Chart 1). Likewise, 28% of the urban Aboriginal population was under 15 years old compared to 17% of the non- Aboriginal population (see Chart 2).
According to Census 2006, 54% of Aboriginal peoples live in urban areas with demographic projections forecasting this figure to grow (see Chart 3). This is an increase from 50% in 1996.
Between 1996 and 2006, the Aboriginal population grew by 45%, compared with 8% for the non-Aboriginal population.
Aboriginal Peoples Survey
To access the Aboriginal Peoples Survey please click here. www.statcan.gc.ca/aps