Canadian Government Surveying Aboriginals


The national Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) is under way, with information being collected from February 6 through June 2012 via phone and personal interviews.

The poll focuses on off-reserve First Nations people as well as Métis and Inuit living in Canada, Canada’s statistics ministry said, and collects information on health, language, housing and mobility.

“The APS informs policy and programming activities that are aimed at improving the well-being of Aboriginal peoples and is an important source of information for a variety of stakeholders including Aboriginal organizations, communities, service providers, researchers, governments and the general public,” Statistics Canada said in a statement on its website. It will survey about 50,000 pre-selected individuals age 6 and up.

The Métis National Council (MNC) would like to see its members take part.

“If you are called, we encourage you to participate,” the MNC said in its February newsletter.

The sample for the current survey was culled from those who identified themselves in the 2011 National Household Survey as having aboriginal ancestry or being purely aboriginal, the MNC said. The First Nations Information Governance Centre will conduct an on-reserve version of the survey in 2013.

The sample was drawn from households that responded to the 2011 National Household Survey who identified as an aboriginal person and/or indicated aboriginal ancestry. The survey is being conducted by Statistics Canada and funded by the ministries of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Health Canada, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.