The Aboriginal Children's Survey (ACS) provides data on the development and well-being of Aboriginal children under 6 years of age (First Nations children living off reserve, Métis children and Inuit children) living in urban, rural and northern locations throughout Canada.
Aboriginal children living in Indian settlements and reserves in the 10 provinces were not included in the 2006 ACS data collection. In the three territories, all First Nations children were included in the target population. Some First Nations communities in Quebec were also included.
The Aboriginal Children's Survey was developed by Statistics Canada and Aboriginal advisors from across the country and was conducted jointly with Human Resources and Social Development Canada to collect information on the development and well-being of Aboriginal children. A unique process was used involving direct participation of parents, front-line workers, early childhood educators, researchers and Aboriginal organizations to develop the survey. (Reference: Statistics Canada's "Definitions, data sources and methods" ACS #5108).
Data Products and Services
The master data file for the 2006 ACS is available via the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN). Accompanying the file, is the record layout, SAS and SPSS syntax to load the file, as well as metadata in the form of a codebook that describes each variable and provides weighted and unweighted frequency counts.
UNB researchers, please access to ACS master files through the New Brunswick Research Data Centre.
Supporting data tables that provide provincial and territorial estimates, as well estimates for Inuit regions, for key indicators from the released analytical article are available.
Profiles that provide information on a variety of topics covered in the ACS are available on Statistics Canada's website. Information is displayed for different concepts and levels of geography.
For access to ACS 2006 Synthetic Files, please contact the UNB Data/GIS librarian