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February 13, 2014
Aboriginal students are hitting the books in record numbers at the University of Saskatchewan.
The university said Thursday that data shows 1,999 students — about 10 per cent of the total student body — declared their aboriginal ancestry this academic term.
Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, the university’s director of aboriginal initiatives, said that means the gap is closing between the number of aboriginal students and the aboriginal population in the province.
Statistics Canada reported that in 2011, aboriginal people accounted for 15 per cent of the total population of Saskatchewan.