'National travesty': report shows one third of Canada's prisoners are Indigenous - 2020-01-22
More than 30% of inmates in Canadian prisons are Indigenous – even though aboriginal people make up just 5% of the country's population, according to new figures released by a federal watchdog.
In a scathing report published on Tuesday, the correctional investigator of Canada, Dr Ivan Zinger, described Indigenous overrepresentation in the country's jails and prisons as "nothing short of a national travesty".
The figure is highest in the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, where Indigenous people make up 54% of the prison population. Quebec had the lowest proportion of aboriginal prisoners, but at 15% the group was still dramatically overrepresented.