Aboriginal city dwellers

Aboriginal city dwellers

Gathering data on the urban Aboriginal population
March 1, 2003

Prairie towns and cities have seen a dramatic influx of Aboriginal peoples in the past decade. What are the consequences of that migration trend? A database being established at the University of Saskatchewan may provide some answers about such things as poverty, urbanization, and how people are coping with the changing structure of neighbourhoods.

Dr. Evelyn Peters, one of Canada's most accomplished social geographers, will use the University's Urban Aboriginal Database to assist with her research in comparing poor and prosperous neighborhoods in target Prairie cities, and to explore their relationship to concentrations of Aboriginal people.

By drawing together statistics never before assembled in one place, the new resource will contribute valuable information to various Native study programs. It will also assist governments in designing new Aboriginal policies.