Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study

The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study is a research project whose goal is to explore the “values, experiences and aspirations” of indigenous people living in Canadian urban areas.

It includes reports specific to a number of Canadian cities (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, etc) that have a large indigenous population as well as providing a number of other studies, media and resources covering urban indigenous issues.

The site also released Key Findings based on their research.  Here is a summary of a few of them:

  • Most urban aboriginals feel comfortable in the city but still are connected to their traditional homes.
  • Most urban aboriginals have minimal fear of losing their culture.
  • Racism and dealing with negative stereotypes from non-aboriginals was a factor in the lives of many urban aboriginals.

The site is worth investigating if you are researching urban indigeneity.


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