Statements by Premier Dave Hancock and MLA Pearl Calahasen on Truth and Reconciliation


Provincial publication offers information about Aboriginal people

The objective of this publication is to help Albertans gain basic knowledge and understanding of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people in Alberta.

Did You Know?

  • More than 116,000 First Nations people live in Alberta.
  • More than 14,600 First Nations people live in Edmonton.
  • More than 26,900 First Nations people live in Calgary.
  • Alberta has the largest Metis population in Canada, 96,000.
  • More than 31,700 Metis people live in Edmonton.
  • More than 17,000 Metis people live in Calgary.
  • Close to 2,000 Inuit people live in Alberta.
  • In 1964, First Nations people have the right to vote in Alberta elections.
  • In 1938, under the Metis Population Betterment Act, land is set aside for Metis people in Alberta.
  • In 1982, Canada’s Constitution Act recognizes Indian, Metis and Inuit people as the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.
  • In 1877, Treaty 7 was signed at Blackfoot Crossing, in southern Alberta.

Leading the Way: Aboriginal People Today

April’s story introduces Aaron Paquette, an exciting Edmonton-based artist with strong connections to his roots.

Interactive Online Map

To help promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal peoples in Alberta, the Aboriginal Relations website features an interactive community profiles map, which provides users with basic information on all eight Metis Settlements and 48 First Nations in the province, including location, population, linguistic groups, and tribal affiliation.

Aboriginal Women’s Economic Security Councils

Two Aboriginal women’s councils have been appointed to help the economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal women in Alberta.

Aboriginal Consultation Policy 2013