Indigenous peoples are the nation’s most marginalized demographic. Colonialism, residential schools, inequitable distribution of resources and geographic isolation have resulted in a range of devastating social and economic challenges for First Nations communities. Many families living on reserves continue to struggle to feed and protect their children.
- Nearly 1.8 million people identify as members of an indigenous group(s).
- Currently, there are 615 First Nation communities.
- The indigenous population in Canada is the fastest-growing.
- 1 in 4 First Nations children lives in poverty, compared to the national rate of 1 in 10.
- The First Nations infant mortality rate is 1.5 times higher than the national rate.
- First Nations infants are four times more likely to die of injury.
- The suicide rate in First Nations communities is three to seven times greater than the national rate.
||Photo by Brent Wesley (Wawatay News) for Save the Children.
Our vision for Canada
Save the Children’s vision is of a reconciled Canada - a nation of equity, respect and partnership where every child attains the right to survival, safety, protection, development and participation.
We are committed to:
- Recognizing the diversity of the First Peoples of Canada.
- Growing the number of projects we support in a sustainable way.
- Working in partnership with community-led organizations.
Save the Children, along with Aboriginal communities and organizations, is working to develop ways to create more positive environments that will empower a stronger sense of well-being among children and youth.