Appendix B  What you should know about this study

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The data source used in this report is the Aboriginal Peoples Survey, 2006. Data are drawn from the adult questionnaire (for those aged 15 and over), the children and youth questionnaire (for those aged 6 to 14) and the Arctic supplement. This supplement was administered to adults aged 15 and over in Inuit Nunaat – the four Inuit regions across the north (see the Profile of the Inuit populationsection 1 for more information on these regions). It contained questions on household and harvesting activities, personal wellness, community wellness and social participation.

The Inuit identity definition was used in this publication. It was possible to report both single and multiple responses to the Aboriginal identity question on the APS (a small percentage of Inuit identified with more than one group). In this report, APS data represent a combination of both the single and multiple Inuit identity populations. Included are Inuit who identified as Inuit only and those who identified as Inuit in combination with Métis and / or North American Indian.

There are some instances where Census data are used in this report. In these cases, the single response Inuit identity population is used. A very small percentage of Inuit (about 2%) identified as belonging to more than one Aboriginal group on the 2006 Census. Census counts have been used to describe the number of Inuit rather than the counts from the APS survey for consistency with previously Census released data. Please refer to chapter 9 of the Aboriginal Peoples Survey Concepts and Methods Guide for a detailed explanation of the relationship between the Aboriginal Peoples Survey and the Census (catalogue number 89-637-X).

Data for Inuit children aged 6 to 14 are based on information provided by parents or guardians of approximately 1,300 Inuit children. Information in this report for those aged 15 and over is based on responses from over 5,000 Inuit.

Throughout this report, percentages reported may not add to 100 because missing data (i.e., don't know, refusal, not stated) were included in the calculation of all estimates. In most cases, the proportions of missing data were extremely small, and therefore were generally not reported. Where there were larger percentages of missing data, then these are shown in the text.

In the text of the report, comparative statements are made only where differences were significant at the 5% level. Differences between similar estimates shown in charts and tables may not be significant.