Aboriginal Demography

ABORIGINAL DEMOGRAPHY is a highly speculative subject, especially for the period before the arrival of the first European explorers when population figures are not available and can only be surmised. Estimates for the pre-contact aboriginal population of BC have reflected this uncertainty, ranging from a low of about 75,000 to a high of about 400,000. Most of the population was on the coast, where aboriginals achieved the highest density of any place in Canada. At contact, nearly half the...

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