Change in Reporting an Aboriginal Identity: Age Matters

Ray D. Bollman


number of individuals reporting an Aboriginal Identity in the Census of Population has increased in each census by more than the number of births (minus deaths) of the Aboriginal Identity population. The number reporting an Aboriginal Identity has shown a consistent pattern of increase in each inter-censal period in each age group – with one exception. As individuals move from the age group of 15-19 years of age to 20-24 years of age, the pattern of increase does not appear for individuals with a First Nations Aboriginal Identity in Canada’s four western provinces and in the northern territories. Age matters in the reporting of an Aboriginal Identity.

Keywords: Aboriginal identity, ethnic mobility

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