Census shows need to take of children and elders

The number of Indigenous people in Canada has hit an all time high with 1.67 million people, of those that did fill out a census, identifying as indigenous. Indigenous people now make up 4.9 per cent of the Canadian population reflecting a growth rate of 42.5 percent over the last 10 years. What it all means is the Indigenous population is growing at four times the rate of the non-indigenous population and for communities like Six Nations with a population of 24,000 people that could mean a population of over 34,000 in less than 10 years and soaring to almost 50,000 in less than two decades. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the new info is more ammunition to urge the federal and provincial government’s to…

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