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Reframing the Issues: Emerging Questions for Métis, Non-Status Indian and Urban Aboriginal Policy Research

Since the 1950s, the Aboriginal peoples of Canada have become increasingly urban. Originally the result of migration from reserves, urbanization has increasingly become the result of “ethnic mobility” and natural increase within cities. Urban Aboriginal populations now comprise roughly half of all Aboriginal people in Canada today, in particular Non-Status Indian and Métis populations (who are roughly 75% and 69% urban, respectively). These demographic facts raise a host of policy issues that, for the most part, neither scholarship nor policy-makers have adequately addressed.

The workshop focused on moving away from the negative socio-demographic trends and reactive, “deficit-based” policy-making that have characterized past policy attempts to come to terms with the urban Aboriginal population.

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  • Institute on Governance

    Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.


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