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Canada must reduce soaring number of Indigenous people in jails – Canada’s National Observer

May 18th 2022

Four years ago, I was one of many who tried to raise the alarm in the media about a Canadian crisis. I called attention to the staggering statistic that 98 per cent of girls in Saskatchewan youth jails were Indigenous and upwards of 70 per cent of inmates in Manitoba jails were Indigenous. These are unacceptable rates by any measure. At the time, 43 per cent of women in federal prisons were Indigenous.

Last week, we learned Canada has crossed a terrible threshold: 50 per cent of all women in federal prisons are now Indigenous, despite Indigenous women making up only five per cent of Canada’s female population. Will this shameful reality continue to be ignored by politicians, policy-makers and the Canadian public?

Read More: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/05/18/opinion/canada-must-reduce-soaring-number-indigenous-people-jails

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