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The Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP) Final Report

Author Don McCaskill, Kevin FitzMaurice, Jaime Cidro
Title The Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP) Final Report
Year 2011
Publisher Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC)
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Place of Publication Toronto, Ontario
Publication Type Report
Location Online
Pages 202
CRRF Identifier AP-AE-BR-OR-4589
Last modified 2016-05-19
English Abstract

Taken from the Executive Summary:

"As part of the traditional territory of the Mississauga of the New Credit, Toronto has a long history of being a place of Aboriginal hunting and fishing, social gathering, and trade. More recently as part of the larger national trend in Aboriginal urbanization, Aboriginal people have been moving to Toronto since the early 1950s. According to the 2006 Census, the Greater Toronto Area has the largest (31,910) Aboriginal population of any city in Ontario, comprising 13% of all Aboriginal people in Ontario. According to Aboriginal service providers however, Toronto’s Aboriginal population is presently estimated at 70,000 residents.1 In comparing Census data over time, we also see that the Aboriginal population has grown by 33% since 2001 and has more than doubled its size since the 1981 population count of 13,015."

"Despite this history of Aboriginal people living in Toronto, there has been little systemic, in-depth research pertaining to this reality. The Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP) has responded to this need and is the largest and most comprehensive study of Aboriginal people in Toronto ever conducted. With a sample of over 1,400 individuals, 14 topics studied and seven methodologies utilized, the TARP study provides an extensive picture of the current situation, successes, aspirations, and challenges facing Aboriginal people in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The TARP study is also unique in that it is a community-based research initiative that has been overseen from start to finish by the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council in collaboration with the TARP Research Steering Committee."