"race" question
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Author:  Dartist [ Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:42 am ]
Post subject:  "race" question

On the 1851 NB census, when under the race category it says "native," does that simply mean they were born in Canada, or are they "native" in the First Nations sense?

Author:  Alain Dawson [ Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: "race" question


From the quoted text below, I would say that "Native refers to First Nation individuals.

Instructions on how the census information was to be collected was not included in the census acts. Thus the following information is taken from the schedules themselves and from the sources footnoted at the end of the document. All statistics are taken from the appendix, "Population Returns and other Statistics of the Province of New Brunswick," pages iii to xxxviii.


Based upon the final report of the census, "Race" indicated whether the person was 'White', 'Coloured', or 'Indian'. The population of New Brunswick was made up of 191,626 'Whites', 1,058 'Coloureds' and 1,116 'Indians'.


Author:  PJShep [ Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: "race" question

In that case, wouldn't the census say "Indian" rather than "Native"? I think "Native" indicates the person was born at the place where the census was taken.

Author:  dxer [ Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: "race" question

I agree with PJShep. There are far too many individuals referred to as "native" to have meant First Nations. The term would have had an entirely different connotation at that time. I am convinced it simply referred to someone who was born here.

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