Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada - Complexities, Challenges, Opportunities

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Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada

Complexities, Challenges, Opportunities

By: Peter Dinsdale, Jerry White, and Calvin Hanselmann (Editors)

Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada provides a critical examination of the issues and challenges faced by urban Aboriginal people in such key areas as education, income, mobility, and language, and identifies the important policy and programming implications of this research.

ISBN 978-1-55077-224-1
Edition First
Year 2011
Page Count 296

$ 36.95


The majority of Canada's Aboriginal peoples live in urban areas, yet scholarly work on Aboriginal issues continues to focus on reserve-based communities. In contrast, this collection of papers provides a comprehensive portrait of the country's urban Aboriginal population—a population defined by both great promise and great challenges. Using data from the 2006 census, the authors draw on the urban catchment or service area, a custom unit of geography, to examine over three hundred non-reserve communities with significant numbers of Aboriginal residents. By doing so, they capture the urban Aboriginal dynamic in a way that existing data and analysis do not.

Table of Contents

  • Selected Urban Aboriginal Demography, Tricia McGuire-Adams
  • Mapping Methodology, Tim Albert
  • The Educational Profile of People Living in Aboriginal Friendship Centre Catchment Areas Across Canada, Amanda Parriag and Paul Chaulk
  • The Economic Development Capacity of Urban Aboriginal Peoples, Nicholas Spence, Susan Wingert, and Jerry White
  • Profile of Low-Income Risk among Aboriginal Peoples, Susan Wingert, Nicholas Spence, and Jerry White
  • Aboriginal People and Community Well-Being Off-Reserve, Stewart Clatworthy and Evelyn Peters
  • Aboriginal Youth At Risk: The Role of Education, Mobility, Housing, Employment, and Language as Protective Factors for Problem and Criminal Behaviours, Raymond R. Corrado and Irwin M. Cohen
  • Aboriginal Mobility and Migration within Canada's Friendship Centre Areas: Patterns, Levels, and Implications Based on the 2006 Census, Mary Jane Norris and Stewart Clatworthy
  • Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Labour-Market, Education, and Occupational Distinctions in Friendship Centre and Gap Communities Across Canada, Ben Brunnen
  • Aboriginal Languages within Canada's Friendship Centre Areas: State, Diversity, Prospects, and Implications, 2006 Census, Mary Jane Norris

About the Authors

Peter Dinsdale
Assembly of First Nations

Peter Dinsdale, an Anishnawbe and member of the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, is chief operating officer of the Assembly of First Nations. Peter has devoted his career to working with Aboriginal people in urban environments to improve their quality of life.

Jerry White
University of Western Ontario

Jerry White is a professor and the associate dean, Faculty of Social Science, at the University of Western Ontario. He is editor-in-chief of the International Indigenous Policy Journal, co-chairs the Aboriginal Policy Research Conference, and is director of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International). Jerry has won numerous teaching awards and has authored, co-authored, and edited seventeen books.

Calvin Hanselmann
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Calvin Hanselmann, former director of research at the National Association of Friendship Centres, is now with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Throughout his career, Calvin has addressed urban Aboriginal issues in the public, private, not-for-profit, and university sectors, holding senior positions with such organizations as the Privy Council Office and the Canada West Foundation.