2006 Census Topic-based tabulations
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Labour Force Activity (8), Aboriginal Identity (8B), Age Groups (13A), Sex (3) and Area of Residence (6A) for the Population 15 Years and Over of Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2001 and 2006 Censuses - 20% Sample Data
About this variable: Aboriginal identity (8B)
Part A - Plain language definition
Part B - Detailed definition
Refers to those persons who reported identifying with at least one Aboriginal group, that is, North American Indian, Métis or Inuit, and/or those who reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian, as defined by the Indian Act of Canada, and/or those who reported they were members of an Indian band or First Nation.
In 1991 and previous censuses, the Aboriginal population was defined using the ethnic origin question (ancestry). The 1996 Census included a question on the individual's perception of his/her Aboriginal identity.
The question used in the 2006 and 2001 censuses is the same as the one used in 1996.
- Total - Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal identity population Footnote 1
- Total Aboriginal identity population Footnote 2
- North American Indian single response Footnote 3
- Métis single response
- Inuit single response
- Multiple Aboriginal identity responses
- Aboriginal responses not included elsewhere Footnote 7
- Non-Aboriginal identity population
- Footnote 1
This is a grouping of the total population into non-Aboriginal or Aboriginal population, with Aboriginal persons further divided into Aboriginal groups, based on their responses to three questions on the 2006 Census form. The counts for 2001 and 2006 have been adjusted for incompletely enumerated Indian reserves and settlements as well as other changes from 2001 to 2006, to allow for comparison of the two census years. The counts and rates shown in this table may differ from those based on unadjusted data.
- Footnote 2
Included in the Aboriginal identity population are those persons who reported identifying with at least one Aboriginal group, that is, North American Indian, Métis or Inuit, and/or those who reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian, as defined by the Indian Act of Canada, and/or those who reported they were members of an Indian band or First Nation.
- Footnote 3
Users should be aware that the counts for this item are more affected than most by the incomplete enumeration of certain Indian reserves and Indian settlements.
- Footnote 7
Includes those who identified themselves as Registered Indians and/or band members without identifying themselves as North American Indian, Métis or Inuit in the Aboriginal identity question.