A One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody Across Canada

Chapter 10 - Territories (continued)

10.2 Results

In the Territories, there were 101 Aboriginal youth in custody (open, secure or remand) on Snapshot Day. Among the provinces/territories, the Territories accounted for 9% of the Aboriginal youth in custody across Canada on Snapshot Day. Yukon and Nunavut accounted for 1% (each) of the national total, while the Northwest Territories accounted for 7%.

On Snapshot Day, there were 13 open and secure facilities in the Territories with Aboriginal youth on register. This represents 6% of the total number of Snapshot facilities across Canada (N=228). [1]

The custodial facilities in the Territories varied with respect to types of custody provided (e.g. secure, open, or remand), description (e.g. group home, treatment centre, and wilderness camp) and whether they housed male and/or female youth. In the Territories, the largest proportion of youth was in open custody (76%), followed by secure custody (49%) and remand (7%). [2] Of the 101 youth included in the Territories Snapshot, 33% (N=33) were serving a combination sentence (e.g. secure and remand, open and remand, or open and secure). Of the remaining 68 youth, the largest proportion was serving an open sentence only (63%), while 24% were serving secure only and 10% were serving remand only.

Five facilities in the Territories were described as secure detention/custody centre. [3] The largest proportion of facilities was considered male only (N=3), while the remaining facilities were co-ed/male and female (N=2).


  • [1] The total capacity of the facilities in the Snapshot of the Territories was 72, representing 12% of the total operational capacity of the Snapshot facilities across Canada . However, due to missing data on facility capacity, this does not represent the total capacity of the facilities in the Territories that participated in the Snapshot.

  • [2] Total equals more than 100% because some youth were serving more than one sentence (e.g. secure custody and remand).

  • [3] Data were missing/unknown for 8 facilities.

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