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Urban Indigenous populations continue to grow: 2021 census

 By Matteo Cimellaro  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Indigenous Peoples are now more likely to live in large urban centres than they were five years ago, according to the 2021 census from Statistics Canada. The Indigenous population in urban centres with more than 100,000 people grew by 12.5 per cent since the last census in 2016. Percentage-wise, 44.3 per cent of the total Indigenous population now lives in large urban centres, up from 43.1 per cent in 2016. The census used peoples’ usual place of residence for the statistics, rather than those temporarily living in urban centres to access medical care or other services. The city with the greatest increase in Indigenous population was Edmonton, which saw an additional 11,400 people added to its population base, a 15 per cent increase.

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