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

Chapter 9 - British Columbia (continued)

9.3 Demographic Information

In British Columbia , seven in ten Aboriginal youth (72%) in custody on Snapshot day were male. Figure 9.2 and Table 9.1 (see end of chapter for all tables) describes the gender and age distribution of Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day. In British Columbia , the largest proportion of Aboriginal youth was between 16-17 years of age (57%), followed by those between 14-15 years of age (35%), and those 18 years of age and older (14%). The median age in British Columbia was 16.

Aboriginal males tended to be older than Aboriginal females. Males were more likely than females to be 16-17 years of age (51% versus 46% for females) while females were more likely than males to be 14-15 years of age (42% versus 31% for males).

Figure 9.2 Age and Gender Distribution of Aboriginal Youth in Custody on Snapshot Day

Figure 9.2 - 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 .

In British Columbia , 82% of the Aboriginal youth in custody on Snapshot day were First Nations/North American Aboriginal, while 18% were Metis. Of the youth who reported First Nations/North American Aboriginal origin, 65% were Status Indians (see Table 9.1).

Virtually all of the Aboriginal youth spoke English (99%), while 20% were bilingual (e.g. they also spoke an Aboriginal language, such as Mi'k Maq, Cree, etc.) (see Table 9.1).

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