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

Chapter 6 - Manitoba (continued)

6.3 Demographic Information

In Manitoba , eight in ten Aboriginal youth (83%) in custody on snapshot day were male. Figure 6.1 and Table 6.1 (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 (49%), followed by those 18 years of age and older (30%), and those between 14-15 years of age (20%). The median age was 17.

Aboriginal males tended to be older than Aboriginal females. More males than females were 18 years of age or older (34% versus 11% for females) while more females than males were 16-17 years of age (53% versus 48% for males). Thirty-one percent of the females were between 14-15 years of age, compared to 18% of the males.

Figure 6.1 Age and Gender Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day

Figure 6.1 - Age and Gender 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 .

Almost three-quarters (73%) of the Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day were First Nations/North American Aboriginal, while 27% were Metis. Of the youth who reported First Nations/North American Aboriginal origin, 93% were Status Indians (see Table 6.1). [1]

In Manitoba, all of the Aboriginal youth included in the Snapshot spoke English, while less than 1% were bilingual (e.g. they also spoke an Aboriginal language, such as Mi'k Maq, Cree, etc.) (See Table 6.1).


[1] Data were missing for 71 youth (27%).

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