Fertility of Aboriginal People in Canada: An Overview of Trends at the Turn of the 21st Century

  • Jean-Dominique Morency Statistics Canada
  • Éric Caron-Malenfant Statistics Canada
  • David Daignault
Keywords: Demography


This paper aims to give an overview of trends regarding the fertility of Aboriginal people in Canada at the turn of the 21st century (mostly between 1996 and 2011). Total fertility rates and fertility rates by age group are presented for the Aboriginal population as a whole, but also for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, as well as for the population with Registered Indian status, using various data sources (past censuses, National Household Survey, vital statistics, and Indian Register). Results of a multivariate analysis are presented. This multivariate analysis is conducted in order to improve our understanding of the dynamic behind the fertility behaviour of the Aboriginal population.