Around 6,000 Aboriginal children are in foster care. This is a result of the federal government spending 22% less on child welfare services for children living on reserves.
Roughly 30,000 children aged 14 and under in Canada who were in foster care, nearly half (48.1%) were Aboriginal children. Hence, Aboriginal youth are 3x more likely to be estranged from their families compared to non-Aboriginal youth.
Aboriginal youth are 5-6 times more likely to commit suicide than non-Aboriginal youth. A clear example is Attawapiskat First Nation with their state of emergency for youth suicide.