Indigenous People 10.8 Per Cent More Likely To Be Incarcerated In Alberta: StatsCan

 By Jeremy Appel  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Alberta has Canada’s second-highest rate of Indigenous over-representation in provincial custody, trailing just Saskatchewan, 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. Because the data is provincial, it excludes those serving sentences longer than two years, who are placed in federal penitentiaries. It includes those serving in pre-trial…

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