7.5.1 Percentage of youth aged 12 to 24 years who reported their sense of belonging to their local community was somewhat or very strong, by Indigenous identity, Canada, 2011/2014

First Nations Métis Inuit Non-Indigenous
Indigenous Identity 64.7 68.1 80.9 67.9

Note: The term “First Nations” refers to the First Nations population living off reserve.

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from Statistics Canada. Table 105-0512 – Health indicator profile, by Aboriginal identity, age group and sex, four year estimates, Canada, provinces and territories, occasional (rate).

In 2011/2014, 81% of Inuit youth aged 12 to 24 years reported that their sense of belonging to their local community was either somewhat or very strong.

This compares to 65% of First Nations, 68% of Métis, and 68% of non-Indigenous youth.

Having a strong sense of belonging is critical to the well-being of Indigenous youth, as well as to the well-being of their communities. When young people feel a strong sense of belonging and connection to people around them, they have better physical and mental health outcomes, have better opportunities for sustained and secure employment, are more successful at school, and perceive life to be more meaningful. Having a sense of belonging also influences the cultural identity of Indigenous youth and enables them to participate in society – to the benefit of the community and its residents.

Source: Vital Signs. (2015). Belonging: Exploring connection to community. Ottawa, ON: Community Foundations of Canada. Accessed November 14, 2018.

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