Indigenous children in care are overrepresented. While indigenous children make up fewer than one in 10 people in the province, they represent more than half of the children in care.
More than four out of 10 youth in custody and three out of 10 youth receiving a community-based sentence, are indigenous. This higher rate of incarceration is likely related to a number of factors, including high rates of poverty, substance abuse, historic discrimination and different treatment within the justice system.
The Representative will make special efforts to consult with indigenous people and communities. Indigenous children must be supported in a way that respects their unique sense of place, culture, language and community. The Representative recognizes that ethno-cultural communities have unique strengths and challenges in preparing a better path for their children.