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Lloydminster’s Aboriginal Population Over 10%

The Aboriginal population of Lloydminster is more than twice what’s seen across Canada. An estimated 3,320 people in the city identified as Aboriginal in the 2016 census, which was just over 10.5% of the city’s population.

Of Lloydminster’s Aboriginal community, 59% identified as Métis, just under 39% as First Nations or North American Indian, and under 1% as Inuk or Inuit. Some identified as more than one. The city also had 1,255 residents with Registered or Treaty Indian status.

Only 25% of households received the long-form census, so the totals have been estimated by Statistics Canada.

The census data shows Canada’s Indigenous population is growing four times faster than rest of country. Nearly 1.7 million people identified as Aboriginal in 2016, which is a 4.9% share of the total population and a 42.5% increase since 2006.

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The population was largely concentrated in the western provinces, with 14% in Alberta. While Ontario held one-fifth of the country’s Métis population, Alberta also had the largest in western Canada, making up 19.5% of the total overall. Saskatchewan makes up 11.7% of the county’s aboriginal population, and was home to 9.9% of the Métis population. First Nations people accounted for one-tenth of the population in Saskatchewan.

Statistics Canada also found the Aboriginal population is young, with the average age 32.1 year old in 2016. That’s almost a decade younger than the non-Aboriginal population at 40.9 years old. Just over one-third of Aboriginal children aged 0 to 4 years lived with a lone parent, and about one in six lived with at least one grandparent.

Story contributed to by Erica Fisher. 
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