Portal:Aboriginal peoples in Canada/Did you know

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  • Between 1996 and 2006, the aboriginal population of Canada grew by 45 percent, compared with 8 percent for the non-aboriginal population.
  • By 2017, there will be an estimated 1.39 million to 1.43 million aboriginal persons, according to Statistics Canada. Aboriginals would represent 4.1 per cent of the Canadian population, up from 3.4 per cent in 2001.
  • In 2006, the provinces with the largest aboriginal populations were Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. However half of Canada's Inuit population lives in Nunavut, comprising 85 per cent of the territories total inhabitants.
  • Ontario has the largest concentration of aboriginal people at 242,495. Six Nations is the largest reserve in Canada, with over 21,000 members.
  • About seven out of 10 First Nations people live off a reserve, with almost a third of those living in large cities. Nearly 30 per cent live on reserves.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Canadian Aboriginal peoples are not exempt from taxation. The exemptions which do exist extend only to First Nations peoples, and then only in relation to reserve lands and to personal property of individuals situated on reserve. Several provincial statutes also make strict provisions for the exemption from various types of taxation.