The most recent issue of the Weekly Checklist of Canadian Government Publications list a Canadian Human Rights Commission Report on Equality Rights of Aboriginal People
"This report describes the impact of persistent conditions of disadvantage on the daily
lives of Aboriginal people across Canada. "
"Drawn primarily from Statistics Canada surveys, the report compares Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal people across a spectrum of indicators, including education,
employment, economic well-being, health, and housing."
"These comparisons confirm the persistence of barriers to equality of opportunity faced
by Aboriginal people."
"The report provides as comprehensive a statistical portrait as can be drawn from
available data. Aboriginal people living off reserve are better represented in statistical
surveys. On reserve, the gaps are significant. In some cases, data is simply not
"The report shows that, compared to non-Aboriginal people, Aboriginal people living in
"For decades, study after study has chronicled the social injustice faced by Aboriginal
people, on and off reserve. This report adds to our understanding by providing an
empirical reference point regarding the impacts of systemic discrimination on the
equality rights of a group protected by Canadian human rights legislation and
international conventions. It is hoped that this report will serve to inform the work of
stakeholders and government departments seeking to address these issues."
- Have lower median after-tax income;
- Are more likely to experience unemployment;
- Are more likely to collect employment insurance and social assistance;
- Are more likely to live in housing in need of major repairs;
- Are more likely to experience physical, emotional or sexual abuse;
- Are more likely to be victims of violent crimes; and
- Are more likely to be incarcerated and less likely to be granted parole."
The Weekly Checklist
includes a listing of titles made available by the Parliament of
Canada, federal departments, and Statistics Canada to the Depository
Services Program for distribution to a network of Depository Libraries
in Canada and abroad.
Labels: aboriginal law, human rights, statistics