Useful Tips

  • Browser: Statistical tables on this website render best in Firefox and Internet Explorer. We recommend using one of these browsers.


  • Missing values: In some of the graphs, there is a note at the bottom of the graph: "Missing values indicate supressed data." While this is true for most numbers, in other cases, missing values (bars not seen on the graph) may be 0%. We encourage users to compare the table, graphs and the sources files before using them in reports, articles and other publications.


  • In some of the graphs, there is a note at the bottom of the graph: "Métis from Happy Valley Goose Bay NL were not included." When the statistical analysis was done to produce these 2x2 tables, it was noticed that for individuals from Happy Valley Goose Bay the data indicated that they reported a Métis identity, but data for the indicators in the Métis Supplement was missing. We don't know the reason behind this missing data. However, we excluded data for these respondents for indicators in the Métis Supplement.


  • Axis scale: Please pay attention to the Y-axis (vertical axis) scale on the graphs. Scales change from one graph to another. For example, some Y-axes go up to 100%, while others don't.


  • How to cite: Statistical tables retrieved from the Métis Centre statistical databases should be cited as follows: Statistics Canada. 2006 [insert name of survey]. Title of statistical table. Retrieved on [date of retrieval] from the Métis Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization: [URL here]. For example: Statistics Canada , 2006 Aboriginal Peoples (2009). In general, would you say your health is...? by sex for the Métis identity population, Canada. retrieved on February 14, 2012 from the Métis Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization:


  • Viewing Graphs and Maps: For each statistical table, there are two graphs, one table and, for some tables, a map. You can enlarge the graph or map by clicking on them. A box will pop up with a graph or map. To zoom in, hold down the “Ctrl” key and press “+” repeatedly. To zoom out, hold down the “Ctrl” key and press “-” repeatedly. To close the box, press the “Esc” key.


  • Table: The 2x2 statistical table is displayed in a box above the graphs. The box has a scroll bar to the right; if you don’t see a table, try moving the scroll bar up. If you still don’t see the table, please contact us using the contact form.


  • By default, when you first come to the search pages, you will see all the records listed below the search options. However, when you do a search, you will only see the records that match your search keywords.


  • How to interpret maps with statistics: Many of our maps have statistics from two indicators. The primary indicator is often shown using numbers in red in the area representing each province/territory or CMA/CA. The secondary indicator is depicted in the form of a graph for each jurisdiction. The corresponding numbers for the graphs are shown in a table to the right of the map. A colour-coded legend displays the response categories for the secondary indicator.
  • For example, for the map showing “Persons who reported serious injury requiring hospitalization or emergency medical attention within prior 12 months” (, the numbers in red under each graph is the percent of Métis adults (15 years and older) who reported that they had sustained a serious injury requiring hospitalization (i.e. responded “yes” to the question: In the last 12 months, have you ever been injured seriously enough to require hospitalization or emergency medical attention by a doctor, nurse or dentist?). What the numbers in red refer to is also indicated in the bottom right hand corner about the NAHO logo. The coverage for this indicator is shown on the top left hand corner between the title and the map (“Coverage A: All respondents; adult Métis (15+)). Coverage provides a sense of who was asked the question.


  • The graphs shown for each jurisdiction depict the statistics for the “reasons for hospitalization” indicator. Respondents who had responded “yes” to the question shown above were asked: For the most serious injury, what type of injury did you have?  This is also indicated in “Coverage B” below the table. Responses included broken bones, multiple injuries, burns, dislocation, sprains, etc. The responses are colour coded; for example, broken bones are orange and sprains are red. The alphabets in place of numbers in the table represent the cautionary notes associated with the estimate. For example, X indicates that the estimate was suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act. The legends for these cautionary notes are shown in the bottom left area.


  • The corresponding statistics are shown in the table to the right of the map. In the table, “Total” is the estimated number of Métis adults (15+) who reported a serious injury requiring hospitalization (for example, 54,320 Métis adults across Canada). Of these, 18% reported that the reason for hospitalization was “Broken Bones” and 3% “Multiple injuries” and so on. These are colour coded orange and light green, respectively. These numbers are visually represented in the graph. The graph for Canada is shown to the left of the table. The graphs for the individual provinces and territories are shown on the map within these jurisdictions. The graphs give a sense of how the reasons for hospitalization are distributed for each jurisdiction. Note also that suppressed numbers are not shown the graphs.


  • Note that to determine if the estimates in the tables and graphs are statistically different, you have to examine the graph with error bars (confidence intervals) or the source file from Statistics Canada.


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