Calculations: June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

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260,550: Number of Indigenous people who reported they could converse in an Indigenous language (source)

>70: Number of Indigenous languages spoken (source)

>12,000: Number of years Indigenous people are known to have lived in what is now Canada (source)

<500: Number of years since Europeans first arrived (source)

1960: First year that First Nations people could vote in federal elections without giving up their status and treaty rights (source)

1962: Year that federal ballot boxes were first placed in Inuit communities (source)

42.5%: Overall growth in Indigenous populations between 2006 and 2016 (source)

32.1: Average age of an Indigenous person (about 10 years younger than non-Indigenous) (source)

12,000: Estimated number of Indigenous men and women who served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War (source)

1996: Year that National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed and the last Indian residential school shut its doors

4: Number of countries (including Canada) that voted in 2007 against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (source)

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