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

Chapter 4 - Quebec (continued)

4.3 Demographic Information

In Quebec , all of the Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day were male. Figure 4.2 describes the 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 (30%) (see Table 4.1). The median age in Quebec was 16.

Figure 4.2 Age Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day

Figure 4.2 - Age Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day
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Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada.

More than three-quarters (79%) of the Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day were First Nations/North American Aboriginal, while 16% were Metis. Of the youth who reported First Nations/North American Aboriginal origin, 67% were Status Indians.

Eighty-five percent of the Aboriginal youth spoke French, while 25% spoke English and 60% were bilingual (e.g. they also spoke an Aboriginal language, such as Mi'k Maq, Cree, etc.) (see Table 4.1).

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