An Overview of the Health of the Métis Population: Supporting Data Tables

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About the Aboriginal Peoples Survey

The Aboriginal Peoples Survey is a national survey of Aboriginal peoples (First Nations peoples living off-reserve, Métis and Inuit) living in urban, rural and northern locations throughout Canada. The survey provides valuable data on the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal children and youth (6 to 14 years) and Aboriginal adults (15 years and over).

The Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) was developed and implemented in partnership with the following National Aboriginal Organizations:

  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP);
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK);
  • Métis National Council (MNC);
  • National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC);
  • Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC).

The survey was funded by a Consortium of federal departments including Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), Health Canada (HC), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Canadian Heritage (CH).

The survey includes a broad range of topics such as Aboriginal identity and ancestry, education, language, labour activity, income, health, communication technology, mobility, housing and family background.

Aboriginal organizations, governments at all levels, service providers and researchers will be able to use information from the APS to:

  • Inform decision-making (Program / Policy planning and development);
  • Support academic research (Educators and researchers).

The Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) is a post-censal survey, that is, the sample was selected from people living in private households whose response on their 2006 Census questionnaire indicated that they:

  • had Aboriginal ancestors and/or
  • identified as North American Indian and/or Métis and/or Inuit, and/or
  • had treaty or registered Indian status and/or
  • were members of an Indian band or First Nation.

This series of supporting data tables accompanies the Métis analytical article from the 2006 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. These tables provide data at the provincial/regional level for the Métis identity population (aged 15 and older) for some of the major themes covered in the analytical article, including: self rated health status; percentage diagnosed with arthritis/rheumatism, high blood pressure, stomach problems or intestinal ulcers, asthma and diabetes; having a regular family doctor; and not receiving health care when needed. For Métis children aged 6 to 14, tables include: self-rated health status; frequency of participation in sports and; contact with a pediatrician, general practitioner or family physician in the past 12 months.

More detailed information about the survey is available in the Aboriginal Peoples Survey2006 Concepts and Methods Guide (catalogue number 89-637-X 2008003).

Aboriginal people living in Indian settlements and reserves in the 10 provinces were not included in the 2006 Aboriginal Peoples Survey.

Percents may not add up to 100% because reponses of 'don't know', 'refusal' and 'not stated' were included in the calculation of all estimates and rounding.

Whenever a subsequent question is asked for a subgroup defined by a previous filter question, the following rule is used concerning the "not stated". By using a top down approach in processing, all "not stated" from the filter question are included in the denominator of the subsequent question. Different percentages to the categories of the subsequent question would be obtained if these 'not stated" were not included in the denominator.

'Not stated' includes 'not stated', 'don't know' and 'refusal'.

'Atlantic Provinces' includes Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick combined. 'Territories' includes the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut combined.