7.7.10 Physical activity among youth aged 12 to 24 years by Indigenous identity, Canada, 2011/2014

First Nations Métis Inuit Non-Indigenous
Moderately active or active 64.5 69.5 65.9 67.6
Inactive 35.4 30.5 34.1 32.4

Respondents are classified as active, moderately active or inactive based on an index of average daily physical activity over the past 3 months. For each leisure time physical activity engaged in by the respondent, an average daily energy expenditure is calculated by multiplying the number of times the activity was performed by the average duration of the activity by the energy cost (kilocalories per kilogram of body weight per hour) of the activity. The index is calculated as the sum of the average daily energy expenditures of all activities. Respondents are classified as follows: 3.0 kcal/kg/day or more = physically active; 1.5 to 2.9 kcal/kg/day = moderately active; less than 1.5 kcal/kg/day = inactive.

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).

About two-thirds of Indigenous youth aged 12 to 24 years were either moderately physically active or physically active in 2011/2014.

This was the case for 65% of First Nations youth, 70% of Métis youth and 66% of Inuit youth, compared to 68% of non-Indigenous youth in this age range.