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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
We Stand Together Fact #8
choosing to stand together! Here is Daily Fact #8:
First Nations population in British Columbia dropped by 75% in the 100 years
following the arrival of Europeans.
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the Europeans arrived in British Columbia, the Aboriginal Peoples of the region
enjoyed an abundant lifestyle. Fishing sustained the First Nations communities
on the west coast and provided almost everything the people needed. When the
Europeans arrived, as primary hunters of the region, these First Nations Peoples
formed several treaties with the visitors. These treaties were the basis of the
very important fur-trade.
1870, a few centuries after the arrival of Europeans, the First Nations
population in what is known today as British Columbia had declined by 75 per
cent to around 23,000 people. The First Nations Peoples had been severely
affected by the onset of small pox and other diseases brought by
addition, by 1870, some First Nations Peoples had signed several treaties that
allowed Europeans to use the land. In exchange, they were given reserves, annual
or other payments and select hunting and fishing rights. This change in
lifestyle had an immense impact on the First Nations population.
the 2006 Census of Population, approximately 17.7 per cent of Canada’s First
Nations Peoples live in British Columbia. British Columbia also has the largest
population of First Nations Canadians living on reserve.