B.C.'s Aboriginal population is on the rise


The Aboriginal population in the province continues to grow and areas in the Northeast are outpacing provincial and national averages.

In Dawson Creek, more than 16% of the city's population has identified themselves as first nations while in the Fort St. John area, almost 3,300 people have First Nations descent.

According to First Nations experts, the growth in population is from people who are identifying themselves as first nations.

"I don't think they had the pride they once had as Aboriginal People,” says Nawican Friendship Centre General Manager Letty Gingell. “Now we are realizing the foundation and growth in the routes in our families, our family ties, our family bonds are stronger than ever."

Gingell says collaboration between Aboriginals and the Federal Government needs to continue to showcase first nations cultures and traditions, "I think when there's consistency with reconciliation there will always be room to move forward in both Trudeau and our Aboriginal People."

There are more than 270,000 First Nations living in the province and more than 1.6 million people nation-wide. The Aboriginal population makes up roughly 5% of Canada’s population.

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