Researcher Dispels “Myths” About Urban Aboriginals

Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 16:38



A professor from the University of Saskatchewan says there are too many myths surrounding the movement of Aboriginal people to the city.


Evelyn Peters says many reports often make it sound like most First Nations residents are leaving the reserve to move to the city.


She says the fact is that while many band members do try to make it in urban areas, a great many of them are staying put.


Peters notes that, between 1996 to 2006, the number of First Nations residents living on Saskatchewan reserves grew by roughly 12,000 people.


She says she worries policies are being set on the premise that one day reserves will be empty.