The proportion of Aboriginal people who are homeless in Metro Vancouver has hit a record high, according to a new Aboriginal homeless report.

The report, which is based on the 2017 homeless count in Metro, found First Nations people were overrepresented among the homeless population, accounting for 34 per cent of the homeless in the region, despite making up 2.5 per cent of the population.

“This 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver underscores what we already know: that Aboriginal people are disproportionately affected by homelessness, and that fewer of them are accessing shelter,” said David Wells, chairman of the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee (AHSC).