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Aboriginal Relations Office

The Aboriginal Relations Office (ARO) is a welcoming place where Aboriginal people and organizations can:
  • Connect to the appropriate City of Edmonton department.
  • Access City of Edmonton programs and services.


ARO staff work to help the City of Edmonton continue on its journey of building good relations with Aboriginal people - in the spirit and intent of the Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord.

The Aboriginal Relations Office works to:

  • Build and support good relations between the City of Edmonton, Aboriginal people and organizations that serve Aboriginal people.
  • Increase Aboriginal participation in the City of Edmonton workforce.
  • Ensure City-mandated services address the needs of Aboriginal people.
  • Coordinate City participation in Aboriginal community-led initiatives.
  • Help the City of Edmonton fulfill the intentions of City Council's Aboriginal Declaration
  • Provide leadership and support in the renewal of the Accord.
  • Provide support to the Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Affairs Committee

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Statistical Profile of Aboriginal Peoples Living in Edmonton

Edmonton and surrounding area has the second largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada - 52,100, or 5% of the population. (Statistics Canada, Aboriginal Peoples of Canada 2006 Census CD ROM publication).

This report was initiated by the Aboriginal Relations Office to provide information about Edmonton's urban Aboriginal residents and to support and influence organizations' and community decisions that affect the Aboriginal community in Edmonton and surrounding area.

It contains information on basic demographic characteristics that are compared, wherever possible, to those of the non-Aboriginal residents of Edmonton.

Full Report: Statistical Profile of Aboriginal Peoples Living in Edmonton - 2009

Summary: Statistical Profile of Aboriginal Peoples Living in Edmonton - 2009

Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Dialogue Process

Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Dialogue Process took place in 2005 and resulted in the creation of the Urban Aboriginal Accord. The following report and appendices captures the concerns, dreams and aspirations from some of the approximately 1800 people from Aboriginal communities who were engaged during the process.

Your City, Your Voice Report

Your City, Your Voice Report appendices


Aboriginal Edmonton - Welcome Guide
Designed to serve the immediate needs of Aboriginals who are new to Edmonton.

Aboriginal Edmonton Directory
Helps newcomers and citizens alike navigate the diverse and friendly Aboriginal Edmonton community.    

For more information:

Aboriginal Relations Office

Community Services
8th Floor, CN Tower
10004 - 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-944-7602
Fax 780-577-3525
Email aboriginalrelations@edmonton.ca