Indo-Canadians facts for kids

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Canadians of Indian Origin

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Total population
(962,665 (2006)
3.1% of the Canadian population)
Regions with significant populations
Ontario · British Columbia · Alberta · Quebec
Canadian English · Quebec French · Punjabi · Tamil · Hindi · Urdu · Gujarati · Malayalam · Bengali · Indian languages
Sikhism · Hinduism · Islam · Christianity · Buddhism · Jainism · others
Related ethnic groups
Asian Canadians · Pakistani Canadians · Sri Lankan Canadians · Bangladeshi Canadians

Indo-Canadians are Canadians whose family can trace back to India. The names "East Indian" and "South Asian" are used for people who originate from India, to tell them apart from the First Nations peoples of Canada who are often called Indian, and from the people of the Caribbean, who are sometimes called West Indian. Most Indo-Canadians call themselves "Indian", instead of "East Indian". This is because Christopher Columbus thought the Americas were India, and that Native Americans were Indian.

Most Indo-Canadians come from India, but some come from the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. They usually live in cities like Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver. They are one of the fastest growing races in Canada, because of immigration.

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