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First Nations and Indigenous Studies

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Koerner Library - Government Publications Division

Many of statistical publications are online and many are also housed in the Koerner Library - Humanities and Social Sciences,  Government Publications Division.  Here you can find the government publications librarians, who provide reference assistance and help you access the Library’s large collection of government materials.

Indigenous Statistics in UBC Research Guides


BC Statistics

Information on how BC Statistics defines "Aboriginal" for statistical purposes can be found here.

Statistics Canada

Information on how Statistics Canada categorizes and defines "Aboriginal" for statistical purposes can be found here.

"The purpose of the APS is to provide data on the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal people in Canada. More specifically, its purpose is to identify the needs of Aboriginal people and focus on issues such as education, employment, health, language, income, housing and mobility"

            Browse by subtopic or use the search box on the left hand side

            Click on "PDF Version" on the right-hand side for the full version

            No longer being published. Archived PDF's from 2012

            Search by keyword for various statistical information

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

AANDC defines "Aboriginal peoples" as:

The descendants of the original inhabitants of North America. The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal people — Indians, Métis and Inuit. These are three separate peoples with unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

  • Basic Departmental Data 1995-2004
    Statistical data on demographics, health, education, social conditions, housing, self-goverment, the North, and under "Additional Topics," land, treaties, claims, and community economic development organizations.

            By clicking on the link to the interactive map you can see a map that gives information about many first nations groups in Canada.

Government of Canada Publications

Search the full online catalogue of Government of Canada publications for specific statistical information.

Analysis of Statistics on Aboriginal People

Statistics Links