87% of Canadians believe aboriginal people experience discrimination: survey

An indigenous women takes down laundry in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat, Ont., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

OTTAWA – A new survey suggests a growing percentage of non-aboriginal Canadians believe indigenous people experience regular discrimination that’s comparable to or worse than that faced by other minorities.

The survey was conducted by the Environics Institute for Survey Research with the help of seven aboriginal and non-aboriginal organizations.

It finds nearly nine in 10 respondents believe aboriginals are either often or sometimes the target of discriminatory behaviour.

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The survey also concludes non-indigenous people recognize and understand at “some level” the challenges and disparities faced by Aboriginal Peoples.

The study comes a year after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 sweeping calls to action following six years of study into Canada’s dark residential school legacy.

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The survey was based on phone interviews with about 2,000 non-aboriginal Canadian adults between January and February and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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