Census reveals massive population loss on Haida Gwaii

  • Feb. 10, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Haida Gwaii lost over 9 percent of its population between 2006 and 2011 according to the latest census figures, released this week by Statistics Canada. The numbers are down for every community on the islands. The biggest drop was recorded on Moresby Island, where there were 317 people living in 2011, down 21 percent from 402 people in 2006. The next biggest decline was in Port Clements. Port had 378 residents in 2011, down 14 percent over five years, from 440 residents in 2006. Area D, which includes Tow Hill Road, Tlell, and Lawn Hill, had 524 residents in 2011, down almost 14 percent from the previously recorded 607. In Old Massett, the population declined by 11.5 percent to 614 people, from 694 five years ago. In Skidegate, the numbers were down 9 percent, to 709 from 781. In Masset, population dropped 6 percent to 884 from 940. Queen Charlotte had the smallest decline, losing less than 1 percent of its population, but it did record a loss, going from 948 citizens in 2006 to 944 in 2011. The total population for Haida Gwaii adds up to 4,370, almost exactly the same number as was recorded in 1971. That’s down 9 percent from 2006’s total population of 4,812. Interestingly, although the total number of islanders is almost the same as in 1971, where they now live is very different. Forty years ago, there were more than 1,000 people living on Moresby Island, and less than 100 people living in Tlell and other parts of rural Graham Island.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Bachrach rejects calls for police action against demonstrators

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP says only way out of crisis is “true nation-to-nation” talks

Coast Mountain College appoints a new president

The promotion came from within the school

Coastal GasLink pipeline investor committed to closing deal despite protests

Developer TC Energy Corp. — formerly TransCanada Corp. — is to remain the operator of the $6.6-billion pipeline

College finds a new president

Promotion comes from within

Blending traditional art with realistic life-form

Haida Gwaii artist, Josh Davidson on display at ANBT

Blair says RCMP have met Wet’suwet’en conditions, calls for end to blockades

The Wet’suwet’en’s hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project

Exclusive: Pamela Anderson talks plans for waterfront Ladysmith property after 12-day marriage

Anderson says she can pay her own bills. Peters denies making comments suggesting she can’t

Burger King breaks the mould with new advertising campaign

The company is known for irreverent ad campaigns

Maggie and Tim: B.C. residential school survivor turns to faith, forgiveness in mourning son

A young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

PHOTOS: RCMP call on kids to name latest police puppy recruits

This year’s theme is the letter ‘N,’ and 13 German shephards must be named

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett standing by to return to Smithers

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

Federal minister pledges to meet Wet’suwet’en chiefs in B.C. over natural gas pipeline

The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they are visiting Mohawk territory

Most Read