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

Chapter 7 - Saskatchewan (continued)

7.3 Demographic Information

In Saskatchewan , eight in ten Aboriginal youth (83%) in custody was male. Figure 7.2 and Table 7.1 (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 (55%), followed by those between 14-15 years of age (27%), 18 years of age and older (11%), and 12-13 years old (6%). The median age was 16.

No discernible difference emerged with respect to gender and age. Equal proportions of Aboriginal males and females were between 14-15 years of age (27% each) and 16-17 years of age (55% each).

Figure 7.2 Age and Gender Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day

Figure 7.2 - 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 .

More than four-fifths (83%) 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, 93% were Status Indians (see Table 7.1).

Virtually all of the Aboriginal youth spoke English (86%), while 16% were bilingual (e.g. they also spoke an Aboriginal language, such as Mi'k Maq, Cree, etc.) (see Table 7.1). [1]


[1] Language was missing/unknown for 9% of the respondents.

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