File photo shows an indigenous man holding a poster at a protest in British Columbia, Canada.
Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:18PM GMT
Children of the First Nation population – one of the fastest growing groups in Canada – are falling behind compared to other Canadian kids in terms of family income, education, and health.”
Half of indigenous children in Canada are living in poverty, which is three times more than the national average, a recent study shows.
“Half of aboriginal children in Canada are living in poverty, it’s three times the national average and officials say fixing it would cost more than 500 million dollars,” said the study conducted by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives.
The center defines the poverty level as an income below 38,000 Canadian dollars a year for a family of four.
The study also revealed that the poverty rate for non-immigrant children stood at 12 percent.
It said children of the First Nation population – one of the fastest growing groups in Canada – are falling behind compared to other Canadian kids in terms of family income, education, and health.
The indigenous children are also more susceptible to be imprisoned, lose job, be sexually abused or commit suicide.
“If you look at the social indicators, they are very comparable in most respects to the conditions that prevail in Third World countries in terms of disease, annual income and most are on welfare,” said indigenous resident James Oka.
According to the study, bringing all indigenous children up to the poverty line would cost around one billion Canadian dollars.