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<li> Aboriginal Peoples </li>
<p> In 1996, about 3 percent of Canadians belonged to one or more of the three Aboriginal groups recognized by the Constitution Act, 1982: North American Indian, Métis or Inuit. Of this percentage, about 69 percent are North American Indian, 26 percent Métis and 5 percent Inuit. </p>
<li> Religion </li>
<p> According to the 1991 census, more than four-fifths of Canadians are Christian, with Catholics accounting for about 46 percent of the population and Protestants about 36 percent. Other religions include Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Some 12.5 percent, more than any single denomination except Roman Catholic, have no religious affiliation at all. </p>
<li> Languages </li>
<p> Canada has two official languages: English, the mother tongue of about 59 percent of Canadians; and French, the first language of 23 percent of the population. A full 18 percent have either more than one mother tongue or a mother tongue other than English or French, such as Chinese, Italian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Ukrainian, Arabic, Dutch, Tagalog, Greek, Vietnamese, Cree, Inuktitut, or other languages. </p>
<p> The Official Languages Act makes French and English the official languages of Canada and provides for special measures aimed at enhancing the vitality and supporting the development of English and French linguistic minority communities. Canada's federal institutions reflect the equality of its two official languages by offering bilingual services. </p>

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