UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre Report Card 9: The Children Left Behind
A League Table of Inequality of Child Well-Being in the World’s Richest Countries
Page 31 of the report, under Canada at the right hand side, clearly states the 2005
data on income used for Canada excluded the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut,
and First Nation communities; only 3 % of Canada's population. Canada's Aboriginal
people represent approximately 3% of Canada's population and are recognized as Inuit,
First Nation and Métis:
- The Inuit live primarily in the North of Canada and the report excludes most of Northern
Canada; the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. These Northern
areas’ populations average approximately 80% Aboriginal.
- First Nations (approximately 630 communities) were specifically targeted for exclusion
in the UNICEF report.
- Métis people in Canada have a very small number of communities and for the most part,
are economically integrated into Canada. They were likely included in the report.
The UNICEF report basically left out Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. It is a well published
fact that the poorest segment of Canada’s population is its Aboriginal people. They
experience the widest gap in child poverty, education and health in Canada. Canada
could have submitted data for the UNICEF report from a Census in which the data for
Canada’s North and its Indigenous Peoples are included, but it did not. It is very
likely that a closer look at data submitted by most countries for this report would
also reveal the exclusion of their identifiable poor.
This UNICEF report may be no more then a tool for the world’s wealthiest nations
to mislead those concerned regarding the child poverty, health and education gaps
in their respective developed countries; this appears true for Canada.
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