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Indigenous people 17.7% more likely to be incarcerated in Sask. –

Jul 21, 2023

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ALBERTA NATIVE NEWS — Saskatchewan has Canada’s highest rate of Indigenous over-representation in provincial custody, with Alberta in second place, according to new data from Statistics Canada.

According to StatsCan’s over-representation index, Indigenous people in Alberta were 10.8 per cent more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous people in 2020/21. This rate is significantly lower than the 17.7 per cent over-representation in Saskatchewan.

The survey, however, includes data from just five provinces — Alberta, Saskatchewan, B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia.

B.C.’s rate of 7.9 per cent is the nation’s third-highest, followed by Ontario at 6.3 per cent and Nova Scotia at 1.9 per cent.

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