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  1. Unless otherwise indicated, all data in this section are from the 2001 Census.

  2. For the purpose of this report, the Aboriginal non-reserve population includes the total Aboriginal population of the Northwest Territories. See Notes to users for a detailed definition of “non-reserve”.

  3. Not included in this calculation are those living in incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements.

  4. For a definition of "Canadian Arctic," "urban" and "rural," see the Notes to users section.

  5. Rates of arthritis/rheumatism, high blood pressure and asthma for the total Canadian population have been age standardized to reflect the age structure of the non-reserve Aboriginal population.

  6. A 1998 study found that while Aboriginal people living in the territories rated their health less positively than other northern residents, there was a relatively low prevalence of chronic conditions. The report suggested that this apparent anomaly may have been due to a substantial number of Aboriginal people with "undiagnosed conditions" (Diverty 1998).

  7. Information in this section excludes those that never attended school.

  8. The post-secondary gap is measured by taking the ratio of the Aboriginal post-secondary completion rate to the non-Aboriginal rate. The closer the ratio is to 100, the narrower than gap between the two groups.

  9. People who were attending school at the time of the 2001 Census are not included.

  10. Percentages for residential school attendance are based on the population that ever attended any school. Excluded are those with no formal education.

  11. Unless otherwise noted, all data for the crowding section are from the 1996 or 2001 Census.

  12. In this article, the Labrador area consists of the following communities: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Makkovik, Nain, Postville and Rigolet. For information on the other Inuit regions, see the Note to users section.

  13. Home language is defined as the language spoken most often at home.

  14. Mother tongue is defined as the language first learned at home in childhood and still understood.

  15. The APS question asked about speaking or understanding whereas the census question asked about the ability to speak a language well enough to converse.

  16. Excluded are children that were too young to speak or understand a language.

  17. These data include a very small percentage of Inuit with an Aboriginal language who report an Aboriginal language other than Inuktitut. Data from the 2001 Census show that approximately one half of one percent of Inuit with an Aboriginal language fall into this category.

  18. In most cases, children did not respond to the questionnaire directly. Answers were usually provided by the person who knew the most about the child.

  19. The Assembly of First Nations participated in the content development of the APS questionnaire.


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