The study from researchers at the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that just under half of First Nation children, both on- and off-reserve, live in poverty.
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That figure rises to more than 50 per cent when looking at First Nations children living on-reserve – the highest rate of child poverty found anywhere in Canada.
The on-reserve child-poverty rate is roughly three times the national rate of 17.6 per cent reported in the 2016 census.
Taking a deeper dive into a decade of census data, the researchers find that poverty rates barely budged downward for most Indigenous communities between census counts in 2006 and 2016.
Official poverty statistics don’t examine on-reserve circumstances except during census counts, a situation the researchers say must change to better track anti-poverty efforts.