BCMF received an email about the 2021 Census data on First Nations people, Métis and Inuit in Canada that was released recently.
Geoff Bowlby, Director General Census Program, states, “The Census of Population remains the most comprehensive source of community-level data for the Indigenous population in Canada. Census data are used to provide information to make informed decisions about policy and build capacity for Indigenous communities, organizations and their governments across Canada.”
It is important to keep in mind the limitations of census numbers. For example, “In 1901, the enumerators were not thorough in their work, and many Aboriginal areas were not enumerated or only partially enumerated. In some cases, the people themselves refused to be enumerated.”
“Some census records have not survived.”
You can view perspectives on the Indigenous Population results of the census here. And general census information here.
What do you think about census data?