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'National travesty': report shows one third of Canada's prisoners are Indigenous


January 23, 2020

Since April 2010, the Indigenous population in prisons has grown by nearly 44%. Photograph: Jono Searle/AAP

More than 30% of inmates in Canadian prisons are Indigenous – even though aboriginal people make up just 5% of the country's population, according to new figures released by a federal watchdog.

In a scathing report published on Tuesday, the correctional investigator of Canada, Dr Ivan Zinger, described Indigenous overrepresentation in the country's jails and prisons as "nothing short of a national travesty".


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