Aboriginal Perspectives
Statistics
Jessica Wesaquate and Andrea Rogers
Grade Level: 
Four 
Strand: 
Number and Operations Before completing this lesson, have students watch video two on Cassandra Opikokew, graduate from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism. She serves as a great Aboriginal role model for students. In the video and lesson, students will see the connection of mathematics to real life. Journalists often have to figure out statistics when they are writing or filming a report. Especially financial reporters. Let's take a look at Aboriginal statistics from the 2006 census: The Aboriginal identity population reached 1,172,785 in 2006 of which 53% are Registered Indians, 30% are Métis, 11% are Nonstatus Indians and 4% are Inuit. Overall the Aboriginal identity population represents 4% of the Canadian population. Since 1996, the Aboriginal population has increased by 47% compared to 8% for nonAboriginals. Eight out of 10 Aboriginal people currently reside in Ontario and the four Western provinces. Over half (54%) of Aboriginal people reside in urban areas (81% for
nonAboriginals). Fortyeight percent of Aboriginal people are less than 25 years old (31% for nonAboriginals). The median age of the Aboriginal population is 27 compared with 40 for nonAboriginals. 
Materials Needed: 
video clip, pencils, pencil crayons, graph
paper, looseleaf, Census numbers 
Tasks: 

Extension Activity: 
Statistics are rich in mathematics and you can create other questions for your students surrounding the numbers found in the census. You can also do many other activities with the census across other areas of the curriculum.
The 2006 Census Aboriginal Demographics can be found online on the Indian and Northern Affairs web page @ http://www.aincinac.gc.ca/ai/mr/is/cadeng.asp 