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3.12.15

Reconciliation resolution: Help eliminate the overrepresentation of Indigenous youth in custody. | rabble.ca: According to Statistics Canada, out of nine reporting jurisdictions, Indigenous youth accounted for 41 per cent of all admissions in correctional facilities. This was in spite of the fact that they only represented seven per cent of the youth population in the same jurisdictions.

With these statistics in mind, it's helpful to consider the history of Indigenous people and the effects of colonialism in Canada. Historically, Indigenous people lost their land, traditions, methods of community leadership and healthy family lives. All of these factors had significant, lasting consequences even to the point of affecting today's Indigenous youth. These conditions have led to prejudice, social breakdown, poverty, lack of opportunity -- all of which can lead to higher crime rates, and all of which need to be addressed. With that awareness, there are actions you can take.


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