Indigenous children face deplorable poverty

A study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found that a deplorable 40% of indigenous children live in poverty in Canada. In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, two thirds of status First Nations children live in poverty. The study found indigenous children trail the rest of Canada’s children on practically every measure of wellbeing: family income, educational attainment, crowding and homelessness, poor water quality, infant mortality, health and suicide.

“The report’s findings that half of status First Nation children live in poverty should shock all Canadians,” said Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children.