The 2016 census shows Canada’s Indigenous population is up 42.5 percent since 2006 to nearly 1.7-million.
Statistics Canada says the Aboriginal growth rate is more than four times that of the rest of the population.
But Aboriginal people earn about nine-thousand-dollars less per year than non-Indigenous Canadians and a fifth of all First Nations people live in a dwelling in need of major repairs.
Terry Teegee is the BC Assembly of First Nations regional chief, and he says this has been an ongoing issue for a while now.
Teegee added there needs to be more resources for Aboriginals.
Immigrants made up about 22 per cent of the population last year, with Asia and the Middle East remaining the largest source of recent immigrants at 61.8 per cent.