A by-the-numbers look at Indigenous child poverty

OTTAWA — A study released Tuesday by the Upstream Institute, and written by researchers at the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, gives new details on poverty among Indigenous children in Canada. Here are a few numbers from the study:

53: Percentage of First Nations children on reserves who live in poverty

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41: Percentage of First Nations children off reserves who live in poverty

22: Percentage of Metis children living in poverty in 2016, down from 27 per cent in 2006 (which the study says might be because of more better-off people describing themselves as Metis on census forms)

25: Percentage of Inuit children living in poverty in 2016

15: In per cent, the status First Nations child-poverty rate among the reserves of the James Bay Cree of northern Quebec in 2016

35: Percentage of recent-immigrant children living in poverty in 2016

12: Percentage of non-racialized, non-recent immigrant, non-Indigenous children living in poverty in 2016

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