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

Chapter 5 - Ontario (continued)

5.3 Demographic Information

In Ontario , three-quarters of Aboriginal youth (75%) in custody on Snapshot Day was male. Figure 5.2 and Table 5.1 (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 (45%), followed by those between 14-15 years of age (37%), 18 years of age and older (13%), and 12-13 years old (5%). The median age was 16.

Aboriginal males tended to be older than Aboriginal females. Males were more often found among those 16-17 years of age (47% versus 40% for females) while females figured more prominently among those 14-15 years of age (53% versus 31% for males).

Figure 5.2 Age and Gender Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day

Figure 5.2 - Age and Gender Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day
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Data was missing for 13 youth.
Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

Virtually all (97%) of the Aboriginal youth who reported Aboriginal origin were First Nations/North American Aboriginal, while 2% were Metis. Aboriginal origin was missing/unknown for 14% (N=47) of the respondents. Of the youth who reported First Nations/North American Aboriginal origin, 88% were Status Indians (see Table 5.1).

Virtually all of the Aboriginal youth spoke English (94%), while 28% were bilingual (e.g. they also spoke an Aboriginal language, such as Mi'k Maq, Cree, etc.) (see Table 5.1).

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