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

Chapter 10 - Territories (continued)

10.8 Mobility Patterns

The previous section revealed that Aboriginal youth included in the Snapshot were most likely to have lived in a town for the two years preceding their current admission, committed or allegedly committed their offence in a town, and plan to relocate to a town. However, the section did not reveal mobility patterns across the three main Snapshot questions. For instance, of the youth who lived in a town prior to their current admission, what proportion committed their offence in a town, and what proportion committed their offence in a different location (e.g. reserve or city)?

To address this question, the respondents' answers were examined across the three main Snapshot questions (from where they lived, to where they committed or allegedly committed their offence and where they plan to relocate). Overall, the analysis reveals little mobility - a majority of youth remained in the same location type across the three main Snapshot questions. [1] In the Territories, youth who lived in a town were most likely to have committed or allegedly committed their offence in a town and plan to relocate to a town.

Of the youth in the Territories who indicated that they spent a majority of time during the two years before their current admission in an Inuit community, the largest proportion (88%) also committed or allegedly committed their offence and plan to relocate to an Inuit community.

Of the youth who indicated that they lived in a town for a majority of time during the two years before their current admission (N=55), almost all (93%) also committed or allegedly committed their offence and plan to relocate to a town.

Of the youth in the Territories who indicated that they spent a majority of time during the two years before their current admission in a city, the largest proportion (76%) also committed or allegedly committed their offence and plan to relocate to a city.


[1] This analysis was conducted at the city, town and reserve level and does not account for movement across specific locations (e.g. whether a youth committed their offence in city "A" and plans to relocate to city "B").

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