Canada's Prisons are the new Residential Schools
rate just hit a 45-year low. It’s been dropping for years—down by half
since peaking in 1991. Bizarrely, the country recently cleared another
benchmark, when the number of people incarcerated hit an all-time high.
Dig a little further into the data, and an even more disquieting picture
While admissions of white adults to Canadian prisons declined through
the last decade, Indigenous incarceration rates were surging: Up 112
per cent for women. Already, 36 per cent of the women and 25 per cent of
men sentenced to provincial and territorial custody in Canada are
Indigenous—a group that makes up just four per cent of the national
population. Add in federal prisons, and Indigenous inmates account for
22.8 per cent of the total incarcerated population."