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Children and Youth in Canada - The Context of their Lives (module table of contents)

Section 2: Family Life (section table of contents)


There are far more Aboriginal children under 6 years living in lone-parent families than non-Aboriginal children of the same age. This puts Aboriginal children at increased risk of living in poverty.

In Canada, the 2006 Census found that most (86%) of non-Aboriginal children under 6 years old lived in two-parent families, while 13% lived in lone-parent families and 1% lived in some other form of arrangement.

Aboriginal children under 6 years old were more likely to be living in a lone-parent family compared to non-Aboriginal children. Of First Nations children, 52% under 6 years old were living in a two-parent family.

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