Another report shows how Canada creates disadvantages for Aboriginal people

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has released a report that documents the impact of poor conditions on the daily lives of Aboriginal people. The report, Equality Rights Data Report on Aboriginal People (PDF), was based primarily on data collected by Statistics Canada, and it compares the education, employment, economic well-being, health and housing of Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal people.

The report shows that, compared to non-Aboriginal people, Aboriginal people living in Canada:

  • have lower median after-tax income;
  • are more likely to collect employment insurance and social assistance;
  • are more likely to experience physical, emotional or sexual abuse;
  • are more likely to be victims of violent crimes; and
  • are more likely to be incarcerated and less likely to be granted parole.