ERIC Number: ED353100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Our Children Are Hurting: Fact Sheet on the Disproportionate Involvement of Indian Young People in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems in Ontario, 1981-1982.
This fact sheet documents the disturbing overrepresentation of status Indian youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems of Ontario (Canada). However, the information represents only the tip of the iceberg. Data relate solely to children and youth whose parents resided on an Indian reserve; who were dealt with by the family court (not criminal court); and whose disposition was probation, training school, observation and detention facility, or care of a Children's Aid Society. Non-status Indian and Metis young people are not included. As of March 1982, compared to other youth, status Indian young people were 2.5-3.0 times more likely to be on probation, in training school or a detention facility, or in the care of the Children's Aid Society. A disproportionate number of these youth were from four reserves in the districts of Kenora, Manitoulin, and Cochrane. As among non-Indian youth, 80% of status Indian youth placed on probation or admitted to training school or detention facility were between the ages of 12 and 15. However, the percentage of status Indians on probation and between the ages of 7 and 11 was 8 times greater than for non-Indian youth. Questions as to where the "problem" lies are outlined. (SV)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Canada Natives, Child Welfare, Children, Delinquency, Foreign Countries, Juvenile Courts, Juvenile Justice, Reservation American Indians
Ontario Native Council on Justice, 22 College St. #102, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1K6 Canada ($4 Canadian).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Native Council on Justice, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada