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

Chapter 9 - British Columbia (continued)

9.5 Most Serious Charge

Figure 9.5 and Table 9.2 describes the most serious charge/alleged offence (MSC) committed by Aboriginal youth serving remand on Snapshot day. As with the MSO analysis, youth on remand were most likely to be associated with a crime against the person. The largest proportion of Aboriginal youth serving remand was charged with an offence against the person (48%), followed by property-related offences (31%), and other Criminal Code offences (14%). [1]

Figure 9.5 Most Serious Charge - Remand

Figure 9.5 - Most Serious Charge - Remand
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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, 29% were charged for murder, while 21% were charged for assault. Of those charged for a property-related offence, 44% were charged with break and enter, while 33% were charged with theft (see table 9.3). [2]


  • [1] 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).

  • [2] Due to insufficient numbers, an analysis of MSC by gender and age was not completed.

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