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Winnipeg Indigenous population highest in Canada again: StatsCan – CBC

2021 census suggests over 102,000 First Nations, Métis, Inuit in city — a rise from 92,800 in 2016 census

Sep 21, 2022

Winnipeg again has the largest urban Indigenous population of any city across the country, according to the latest from Statistics Canada.

Data out Wednesday, gathered in the 2021 census, pegged the city population of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people at over 102,000, a rise from about 92,800 in 2016. The urban centre with the next highest was Edmonton at 87,600, followed by Vancouver.

For Isaac Richard, 21, from Sandy Bay First Nation, being involved with local Indigenous-led street patrols that help keep the growing population safe is important.

“It gives them hope, it shows that people care about them and … shows that our Indigenous people are still growing and thriving in this world,” said Richard, who volunteers with patrol groups Sabe Peace Walkers and Community 204.

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