Aboriginal Communities: Champlain

Only region in the province to experience overall population decline; Francophone community remains strong, Aboriginal population growing

Young woman jpbAcross the Champlain region, the growth of the Aboriginal community is notably outpacing growth in the overall population. Between 2001 and 2006, the Aboriginal community in Champlain grew by 46.8% compared to 4.3% in the region's total population.  Close to 60% of Aboriginal people in Champlain live in Ottawa. First Nations people, the largest group, make up over half of all Aboriginal people in the region. The Métis community is also substantial, comprising more than one-third (36.3%) of the Aboriginal population in Champlain. While Ontario has a relatively small Inuit population, one in three Inuit persons in the province lives in the Champlain region, primarily in Ottawa. The complete Champlain Aboriginal Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and Aboriginal languages information. As well, the profile highlights findings specific to Canada's three distinct Aboriginal groups - First Nations, Métis and Inuit. 

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Community Highlights

  • The Aboriginal community is young—nearly 40% of Aboriginal people in Champlain are under the age of 25 years.
  • Aboriginal people in Champlain are better educated—and are more likely to have a university degree or certificate—than other Aboriginal people across Ontario overall. Nevertheless, the proportion of Aboriginal people in Champlain who have not completed schooling is double that of the general population.
  • In 2006, unemployment in the Aboriginal community (9.7%) was nearly four percentage points higher than in the total population (5.9%). Unemployment rates are highest in the Inuit (22.6%) community.
  • There is a $10,000 income gap between the Aboriginal community and the overall Champlain population.
  • Inuit people in Champlain face additional challenges as a result of lower educational, employment and income levels