Share this page Print

Aboriginal, First Nations, Métis and Inuit

Urban Aboriginal people are fast becoming a significant social, political and economic presence in Canadian cities today. Between 1996 and 2006, Calgary’s Aboriginal population grew by 75%, with 46% of these individuals being under the age of 25 (City of Calgary, 2010). This is due in part to an explosion in birthrates and in part to migration from rural areas and reserves to the cities – by as much as 50% Canada-wide. Aboriginal Calgarians are proud of their ancestral heritage, and believe they play a significant role in the political, social and economic landscape as Calgarians.

The City of Calgary’s Indigenous Policy and Indigenous Policy Framework

The Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC), on behalf of City Council, investigates areas of concern to people of Aboriginal ancestry and makes recommendations on policies and resolutions that would give urban Aboriginal people a more meaningful role within the Calgary community.

After consultations with Treaty 7 traditional knowledge keepers, urban indigenous people and City stakeholders, CAUAC proposed the Indigenous Policy and Indigenous Policy Framework. Together, they recommend and guide meaningful long-term efforts to bring indigenous identities, histories, cultures, languages, traditions, principles, world views, relationships and ways of knowing into municipal planning, advising and decision-making efforts. City Council approved the policy and framework in April 2017.

Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC)

The Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee is a Council directed team of Calgarians collaborating on how to best address the concerns of urban aboriginals and Calgarians to Council. More information about the CAUAC terms of reference is also available.

CAUAC Awards

The Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award recognizes individuals or groups within Calgary who have worked to create bridges of understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures or who have helped create an understanding of the uniqueness and value of Aboriginal culture.

The Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award recognizes exceptional Indigenous youth who demonstrate leadership, a strong desire and commitment to achieve educational goals, supports and encourages others to continue in their academic endeavors and encourages and participates in cross-cultural activities involving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal Support Resources

There are a variety of resources available for Indigenous people in Calgary. These resources are aimed at supporting and enhancing work across eight areas: education, housing, employment, human rights, funding, justice, health, and services.

Information, statistics and other data for Aboriginal, First Nations, Métis, Inuit

The City collects, maintains and shares information that may be helpful to professionals and other community members.

Aboriginal-specific publications & initiatives

Calgary Aboriginal Identity Population Profile

Aboriginal issues within broader social contexts

Community Profiles
Demographic profiles of Calgary communities using the most recent statistics from both the federal and civic censuses.

Indices of Community Well-being 2006 (published 2010)
Detailed report examining Calgary’s communities according to the dimensions of economic, social, and physical well-being. The well-being of communities is ranked relative to one another and presented in map and table format.

Signposts (published 2009 and 2011)
Reports on community assessment surveys conducted in 2006 that explored the social issues and needs of Calgarians. Results are reported city-wide as well as at the social district level.