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.

Just Posted

Convicted animal abuser to return to B.C. court May 21

Catherine Jessica Adams is facing a breach of probation charge

Concerns over democracy as Senate committee votes to nix oil tanker ban

Critics of the Senate’s recommendation to kill Bill C-48 say it goes against popular will

Northwest Fire Centre open burn ban lifted

Recent rain, cooler temperatures have lowered the region’s fire risk

Telkwa pot plant application passes review

Cannabis company claims new Health Canada regulations are working in its favour

Red cedars dying in northwestern B.C. from drought

There was a 75 per cent decline in precipitation for the months of February and April

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Most Read