At just over 1 million people, First Nations, Inuit and Métis represent slightly more than 4 per cent of Canada's total population. As a result of high birth rates and enhanced life expectancy, the Aboriginal population has increased. In 1996, there were approximately 811,400 Aboriginal people in Canada. By 2016, it is projected that there will be about 1,093,400 Aboriginal people.
About 59 per cent of the total Aboriginal population lives in urban centers.
Population Percentage of First Peoples in Canada
Distribution of Aboriginal Population