Debunking Myths Surrounding Canada’s Aboriginal Population

The following are the highlighs of a Special Report released by TD Economics.

• In recognition and celebration of National Aboriginal Day on June 21 tradition of carrying out Aboriginal-related economic research, raising awareness about Aboriginal peoples, businesses and communities. This report represents our third in the series of articles on Aboriginal social and economic issues.

• In this report we attempt to put to bed ten myths surrounding Canada’s Aboriginal population. The myths were chosen on the basis of misconceptions we encountered while carrying out the research on our previous reports. We also sought insight from organizations like the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) which have community and business reach.

• The misperceptions put to rest are broad-based, including: access to free post-secondary education, taxation exemption rules, and the prevalence and success of Aboriginal-owned small businesses and economic development corporations.