Shameful Neglect: Indigenous Child Poverty

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CCPA, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

This publication examines child poverty in Canada of First Nation children, which is staggering in proportions. Overall, Canada’s child poverty rate of 18% is among the worst in the OECD, putting it in 27th place out of 34 countries. That is more than three times higher than the Nordic countries, where child poverty rates average 5%.

Current statistics reports from Canada do not include people who live on a reserve or people living in the territories, where the majority of Canada’s First Nation peoples live. Official poverty rates are therefore lower than they actually are. This report takes a closer look at child poverty among First Nation children in Canada, breaking down the different manifestations of poverty and the efficacy of current programming methods.

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