This report is Phase I of the Surrey Urban Aboriginal Social Innovation Strategy. In this phase we have illuminated aspects of the Surrey urban Aboriginal population. As a result of our research we have found information that breaks down common misconceptions about the urban Aboriginal population while other statistics are simply distressing.
- It is estimated that the current urban Aboriginal population in Surrey is greater than the urban Aboriginal population in Vancouver.
- In 15 years it will be significantly higher, reaching from between 19,000 to as high as 48,000 people.
- Aboriginal people in Surrey are not transient – they are often long-term residents in the community.
- They are almost equal parts homeowners and renters.
- They are engaged in the labour force at similar rates to non-Aborigina