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

Chapter 3 - Atlantic (continued)

3.3 Demographic Information

In the Atlantic , 86% of the Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day was male. Figure 3.2 and Table 3.1 (see end of chapter for all tables) describes the age distribution of Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day. [1] The largest proportion of male Aboriginal youth was between 16-17 years of age (53%), followed by those between 14-15 years of age (32%) (see table 3.1). The median age in the Atlantic was 16.

Figure 3.2 Age Distribution of Male Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day

Figure 3.2 - Age Distribution of Male Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day
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Female Aboriginal Data was suppressed due to small numbers (N=2)
Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

Forty-five percent of the Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day were Inuit, while 41% were First Nations/North American Aboriginal, and 14% were Innu. Of the youth who reported First Nations/North American Aboriginal origin, 89% were Status Indians.

Virtually all of the Aboriginal youth spoke English (95%), while 68% were bilingual (e.g. they also spoke an Aboriginal language, such as Mi'k Maq, Cree, etc.) (see Table 3.1).


[1] Age distribution of female youth was suppressed due to insufficient numbers.

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