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Big Lakes County
Municipal district
Big lakes MD less faded sign.jpg
Boundary sign
Official logo of Big Lakes County
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division No. 17
Incorporated 1995
Area
 (2016)
 • Land 13,942.43 km2 (5,383.20 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 5,672
 • Density 0.4/km2 (1/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)

Big Lakes County, formerly the Municipal District of Big Lakes, is a municipal district in north-central Alberta, Canada.

It is located in Census Division 17, around the Lesser Slave Lake. Utikuma Lake and Winagami Lake are also located in this municipal district.

History

Big Lakes County was previously known as the Municipal District of Big Lakes prior to March 6, 2015.

Demographics

As a census subdivision in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Big Lakes County recorded a population of 5,672 living in 2,099 of its 2,728 total private dwellings, a -4.1% change from its 2011 population of 5,912. This includes the populations of three Métis settlements, East Prairie (304), Gift Lake (658) and Peavine (607), located within the census subdivision that are municipalities independent of Big Lakes County. With a land area of 13,942.43 km2 (5,383.20 sq mi), the census subdivision had a population density of 0.4/km2 (1.0/sq mi) in 2016. Excluding the three Metis settlements, Big Lakes County had a population of 4,103 in 2016, a change of -16.5% from its 2011 population of 4,914.

Big Lakes County's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 3,861, a -7.7% change from its 2002 municipal census population of 4,181.

As a census subdivision in the 2011 Census of Population, Big Lakes had a population of 5,912 living in 2,143 of its 2,710 total dwellings, a -1.3% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 5,989. This includes the populations of three Metis settlements, East Prairie (366), Gift Lake (662) and Peavine (690), located within the census subdivision that are municipalities independent of Big Lakes County. With a land area of 13,928.13 km2 (5,377.68 sq mi), the census subdivision had a population density of 0.4/km2 (1.0/sq mi) in 2011. As a municipality in the 2011 Census, Big Lakes County had a population of 4,914 without the three Métis settlements.

Visible minorities and Aboriginals

Big Lakes had the most Métis people per capita of any Canadian census subdivision in 2006 with a population of 5,000 or more due to the census' inclusion of the population of the three Métis settlement municipalities within Big Lakes' totals.

Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2006 Census)
Population group Population  % of total population
White 2,815 48.5%
Visible minority group
Source:
South Asian 20 0.3%
Chinese 10 0.2%
Black 0 0%
Filipino 0 0%
Latin American 0 0%
Arab 0 0%
Southeast Asian 0 0%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 10 0.2%
Japanese 0 0%
Visible minority, n.i.e. 0 0%
Multiple visible minority 10 0.2%
Total visible minority population 60 1%
Aboriginal group
Source:
First Nations 845 14.6%
Métis 2,030 35%
Inuit 0 0%
Aboriginal, n.i.e. 25 0.4%
Multiple Aboriginal identity 30 0.5%
Total Aboriginal population 2,930 50.5%
Total population 5,805 100%

Communities and localities

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