6.7.11 Percentage of First Nations children and youth aged 6 to 11 years who are physically active, moderately inactive or inactive, Canada, 2008/2010

Inactive Moderately Inactive Active
Physical Activity Level 17.9 20.2 61.9

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (RHS) 2008/10, National report on adults, youth and children living in First Nations Communities.

In 2008/2010, 62% of First Nations children aged 6 to 11 years were physically active.

18% of First Nations youth aged 6 to 11 years were inactive.

Physical activity can positively impact the body, mind, heart, and spirit of Indigenous children. Physical activity can provide positive developmental opportunities for Indigenous children to strengthen resiliency, improve all aspects of health, and promote culture and education. It can also address such negative influences as social exclusion, racism and bullying. It is important that physical activity opportunities for Indigenous children and youth promote Indigenous values and utilize Indigenous knowledge and expertise.

Source: Bruner, M.W., Hillier, S., Baillie, C.P.T., Lavallee, L.F., Bruner, B.G., Hare, K., Lovelace, R., & Lévesque, L. (2016). Positive youth development in Aboriginal physical activity and sport: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review, 1(3), 257-69.