Aboriginal Communities: Quinte, Kingston, Rideau

girl dancing jpgAcross Quinte, Kingston, Rideau (QKR) and Ontario overall, the Aboriginal population is growing at a much faster rate when compared to the overall population. While still relatively small, the Aboriginal community in QKR grew by nearly 50% from 2001 to 2006, much faster than the total QKR population which grew by 3.2%. In 2006, there were 13,405 Aboriginal people in QKR. This community is younger compared to the overall population—in QKR, four in ten Aboriginal people are under the age of 25 years. Meanwhile, the Aboriginal community in
QKR faces economic disadvantages. In 2006 the unemployment rate
in the Aboriginal community in QKR was 10.1%—four percentage
points higher than in the overall population. In addition, there is an $8,700 average income gap between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people in QKR. The complete QKR 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

  • First Nations is the largest Aboriginal group in QKR.  Métis people in QKR make up a larger share of the Aboriginal population (35.6%) compared to Ontario overall (30.4%);
  • While Ontario overall has a relatively small Inuit population—about 2,000 Inuit people live in QKR —10% of all Inuit in the province.
  • There are gaps in educational attainment for Aboriginal peoples in QKR—though three-quarters have completed high school or higher levels of education, the schooling completion rate is 10% lower than the total QKR population;
  • Unlike other areas across the province, few First Nations people in QKR have an Aboriginal language mother tongue or use Aboriginal languages at home.