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

Chapter 3 - Atlantic (continued)

3.7 Geographic Questions

This next section describes where Aboriginal youth included in the Atlantic snapshot spent the majority of their time during the two years preceding their current admission, where they committed their offence, and where they plan to relocate. In particular, respondents answered these three questions by indicating if they were in a city, town, reserve, or another location.

In the Atlantic , similar proportions of Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day indicated that they were in a town, Inuit community or reserve, regardless of the question. This finding differs from the national trend where most youth lived in a city during the majority of time during the two years before their current admission. However, the proportion of youth in the Atlantic Provinces who indicated "reserve" or in an "Inuit community" reflects the types of communities within these provinces (e.g.,fewer cities than other jurisdictions).

3.7.1 Where the Youth Lived Preceding Their Current Admission

Figure 3.6 and Table 3.5 describes where the youth included in the Snapshot spent the majority of their time during the two years before their current admission. Overall, 36% of Aboriginal youth included in the Atlantic Snapshot lived on a reserve during the two years preceding their current admission, while 32% lived in an Inuit community and 27% in a town. [1]

Figure 3.6 Where the youth spent majority of time during the two years before his/her current admission.

Figure 3.6 - Where the youth spent majority of time during the two years before his/her current admission.
[Description of Figure 3.6]

Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

Table 3.5a includes specific location names where Aboriginal youth from the Atlantic Snapshot lived prior to their current admission. Due to confidentiality issues, (most communities had fewer that five youth in custody on Snapshot day) locations are listed, without reference to the total number of Aboriginal youth from the community who were in custody. As a result, the information in Table 3.5a must be interpreted with caution, as the information is unreliable due to small cell sizes.

3.7.2 Where the Offence was Committed/Allegedly Committed

Figure 3.7 and Table 3.5 describes where the youth included in the Atlantic Snapshot committed or allegedly committed the offence for their current admission. Thirty-six percent of Aboriginal youth committed or allegedly committed the offence for their current admission in an Inuit community, compared to 32% in a reserve and 27% in a town. [2]

Figure 3.7 Where the offence was committed or allegedly committed

Figure 3.7 - Where the offence was committed or allegedly committed
[Description of Figure 3.7]

Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

Table 3.5a includes specific location names where Aboriginal youth from the Atlantic Snapshot lived prior to their current admission. Due to confidentiality issues, (most communities had fewer that five youth in custody on Snapshot day) locations are listed, without reference to the total number of Aboriginal youth from the community who were in custody. As a result, the information in Table 3.5a must be interpreted with caution, as the information is unreliable due to small cell sizes.

3.7.3 Where the Youth Plan to Relocate Upon Release

Figure 3.8 and Table 3.5 describes where the Aboriginal youth in custody on snapshot day plan to relocate upon release. In the Atlantic Provinces , 36% of Aboriginal youth plan to relocate to an Aboriginal reserve upon release, compared to 32% who plan to relocate to an Inuit community and 27% to a town. [3]

Figure 3.8 Relocation Plans

Figure 3.8 - Relocation Plans
[Description of Figure 3.8]

Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

Table 3.5a includes specific location names where Aboriginal youth from the Atlantic snapshot lived prior to their current admission. Due to confidentiality issues, (most communities had fewer that five youth in custody on Snapshot day) locations are listed, without reference to the total number of Aboriginal youth from the community who were in custody. As a result, the information in Table 3.5a must be interpreted with caution, as the information is unreliable due to small cell sizes.


  • [1] Due to small cell sizes, an analysis of location by age, gender or offence type (MSO and MSC) was not possible.

  • [2] Due to small cell sizes, an analysis of location by age, gender or offence type (MSO and MSC) was not possible.

  • [3] Due to small cell sizes, an analysis of location by age, gender or offence type (MSO and MSC) was not possible.

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