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Canada’s Aboriginal Children Living in Below Average Conditions - Survey

Nearly half (49%) of off-reserve First Nations children under 6 years of age live in low-income families, compared with 18% of non-Aboriginal children, while about 43% of Inuit children are living in a crowded dwelling, six times the proportion of 7% among non-Aboriginal children, according to a survey by Statistics Canada. The survey also reveals that more than one-quarter (27%) of off-reserve First Nations children under 6 years old have mothers between the ages of 15 and 24, compared with 8% of non-Aboriginal children.

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