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August 17, 2022
The number of people who speak an Indigenous language has fallen overall in Canada, but the figure grew for the country’s youngest generation, new census data suggests.
Statistics Canada released data from the 2021 census that shows about 243,000 people reported being able to speak an Indigenous language, which is a decline from the 2016 census when that figure was around 251,000.
The agency also reports, however, that between 2016 and 2021, the number of generation Alpha members – children aged eight or younger – who can speak an Indigenous language grew from 11,715 to 28,755.
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