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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: Aboriginal population

The proportion of Aboriginal people with a university degree has grown

According to the 2006 Census, an estimated 555,400 adults aged 25 to 64 identified as an Aboriginal person. One in three (34%) Aboriginal persons had not completed high school and 21% had a high school diploma as their highest educational qualification.

At the same time, an estimated 44% of the Aboriginal population were postsecondary graduates in 2006. An estimated 14% had trade credentials, 19% had a college diploma and 8% had a university degree.

Because of changes in the questions, comparisons between 2006 and 2001 are only possible for university degrees. In 2006, 42,900 Aboriginal people (8%) had a university degree. This compares with 26,300, or 6%, in 2001.1 However, Aboriginal people were still much less likely to have a university degree than non-Aboriginal people in 2006 (8% compared with 23%).2 This gap is somewhat larger than it was in 2001 (6% compared with 20%).

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