City population drops in last census, but First Nations numbers show increase

While there has been a noticeable exodus over the last five years due to the faltering economy in Prince Rupert, one demographic has seen a slight increase in that period, with the promise of a trend to continue into the future.

Statistics released by Statistics Canada on Monday outlined how there was a 12.5 percent drop in Prince Rupert’s population after the last census, but a slight increase in those that identify themselves of First Nations ancestry.

Statistics from the 2006 census show that First Nations residents now make up 35 per cent of the city’s population of 13,392, giving Prince Rupert one of the highest First Nations populations for urban areas in Canada.

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