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

Chapter 10 - Territories (continued)

10.3 Demographic Information

In the Territories, 84% of Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day were male. Figure 10.1 and Table 10.1 (see end of chapter for all tables) describes the gender and age distribution of Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day. The largest proportion of Aboriginal youth was between 16-17 years of age (60%), followed by those between 14-15 years of age (26%), 18 years of age and older (10%), and 12-13 years old (4%). The median age in the Territories was 16.

Aboriginal males and females were similar with respect to age. Sixty percent of the males and 59% of the females were 16-17 years of age, while 29% of the females and 25% of the males were 14-15 years of age.

Figure 10.1 Age and Gender Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day

Figure 10.1 - Age and Gender Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day
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Data was missing for 1 youth.
Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

More than one-half (55%) of the Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day were First Nations/North American Aboriginal, while 17% were Inuvialuit, 16% Inuit and 12% Metis. Of the youth who reported First Nations/North American Aboriginal origin, 98% were Status Indians.

Virtually all of the Aboriginal youth spoke English (98%), while 28% were bilingual (e.g. they also spoke an Aboriginal language, such as Inuktituk, Cree, etc.) (See Table 10.1).

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