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An Urban Aboriginal Life: The 2005 Indicators Report on the Quality of Life of Aboriginal People in the Greater Vancouver Region

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
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Cardinal, Nathan; Emille
Centre for Native Policy and Research (CNPR); Adin Research and Planning
Greater Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy; Western Economic Diversification; Canadian Centre for P
While the majority of Canadians enjoy one of the highest levels of quality of life in the world, the situation is radically different for the Aboriginal population. In order to document the social, economic, and environmental conditions of Aboriginal people living in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), a series of indicators relevant to the Aboriginal community were developed and evaluated. While there is a significant trend in the migration of Aboriginal people to urban areas, with over 57% of all Aboriginal people now living in urban areas (Statistics Canada, 2001 Census), there is a paucity of information available regarding this segment of the Aboriginal population. This report attempts to counteract this gap in analysis by providing a comprehensive assessment of the quality of life of the Greater Vancouver's urban Aboriginal population. This report: documents the present social, economic, and environmental conditions of Aboriginal people living in the GVRD; acts as a benchmark for future studies; highlights gaps in data; and provides recommendations regarding future data gathering, research, and policy developments.
Aboriginal; Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD); urbanization; quality of life; indicators; social; economic and environmental conditions; health conditions; culture and family; education; crime and safety; employment; income; entrepreneurship; youth; resources and land; air; rivers and oceans; homes; cultural participation; traditional languages; children in care; lone parents; childcare; infant mortality rate; life expectancy; diabetes; cancer; HIV/AIDS; high school graduation; post-secondary graduation; educational special needs; educational alternative programs; incarceration rates; rates of violent crime; Aboriginal workforce; management positions; poverty; social assistance; self-employed; unemployment rates; level of income; green space; protected land areas; salmon harvest (Fraser River); air quality; air emissions; water quality; salmon escapement; housing units requiring major repairs; low-income housing; homelessness