West Nipissing’s Indigenous population has increased by just over 21% in the past five years.
According to Statistics Canada, the 2021 Census shows the municipality’s Indigenous population is 2,810.
That’s up 495 people from the 2016 Census.
It’s also 19.7 % of the municipality’s total population in last year’s count.
Across the country, Statistics Canada says the 2021 Census counted 1.8 million Indigenous people.
The Indigenous population grew by 9.4% from 2016 to 2021, surpassing the growth of the non-Indigenous population over the same period (+5.3%).
For the first time, the Census of Population enumerated more than 1 million First Nations people living in Canada (1,048,405).
The Indigenous population was also 8.2 years younger, on average, than the non-Indigenous population overall.
Source: Statistics Canada. 2017. West Nipissing, M [Census subdivision], Ontario and Nipissing, DIS [Census division], Ontario (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017.
Source: Statistics Canada. 2022. (table). Census Profile. 2021 Census of Population. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2021001. Ottawa. Released September 21, 2022.