A One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody Across Canada
Chapter 5 - Ontario (continued)
5.5 Most Serious Charge
Figure 5.5 and Table 5.2 describes the most serious charge/alleged offence committed by Aboriginal youth serving remand on Snapshot day. Similar to the MSO analysis, youth on remand were most likely to be associated with a crime against the person. In Ontario , the largest proportion of Aboriginal youth serving remand was charged with an offence against the person (43%), followed by property offences (34%), and other Criminal Code offences (21%). 
Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .
Of those charged with an offence against the person, 31% were charged for assault with a weapon/causing bodily harm, 15% (each) for assault, aggravated assault and murder/attempted murder. Of those charged for a property-related offence, less than one-half (48%) were charged with break and enter (see Table 5.3).
A larger proportion of male than female Aboriginal youth was charged with a property-related offence (40% versus 20%). Meanwhile, a larger proportion of female than male Aboriginal youth was charged with an offence against the person (47% versus 42%). Females were more likely than males to be charged with other Criminal Code offences (33% and 16% respectively) (see Table 5.2). 
Unlike the national chapter - where younger youth were most likely to be charged with a crime against the person - in Ontario , a varied pattern emerges with respect to age and MSC. More than two-thirds (67%, each) of the 12-13 year olds and those 18 years of age and older had a crime against the person MSC. In comparison, 41% of the 16-17 year olds and 29% of the 14-15 year olds were alleged to have committed a similar offence. A larger proportion of 14-15 year olds than 16-17 year olds had an MSC for a property-related offence (53% versus 34%, respectively) (see table 5.4). However, in this instance, differences between age groups must be interpreted with caution, as small cell sizes produce large percentage differences.
 The analysis of MSC involves much smaller numbers in comparison to MSO; hence, the figures in this section are more susceptible to large fluctuations when calculating proportions (they are more volatile).
 Due to small cell sizes, an analysis of offence types was not conducted.
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