Aboriginal Gangs Are A Phenomenon Sweeping Across Canadian Communities

1916 Words Mar 16th, 2015 8 Pages
Aboriginal gangs are a phenomenon sweeping across Canadian communities, most notably in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Aboriginal gangs have arisen due to a multitude of reasons, such as welfare, high rates of socio-economic disadvantage, Intergenerational dysfunction in families, and discrimination.

It is important to note, Aboriginal Canadians are those who have been approved under the Treaty Indian status, been registered under the Indian Act of Canada, or those who have membership in a First Nation band (Stats Canada 2013.) These Aboriginal Canadians are part of separate groups known as Inuit, Métis or First Nations bands; each of these groups are vastly unique with separate cultures, customs, and languages. In Canada all remaining Aboriginal groups who are neither Inuit nor Métis, will collectively make up the many groups referred to as First Nation bands. At this time current statistics show these Aboriginal Canadian groups account for only 4.3% of the total population according to the (Canada 2011 National Household Survey. However, recent compelling statistics compiled confirms, Aboriginals, and more specifically the First Nations of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are at a higher risk to become involved in gangs when compared to non-aboriginals.

In order to fully grasp the central theme of Aboriginal gangs in Canada; it is important to outline the terminology of gang(s) (gang member), specifically from a Canadian perspective. There are currently two…

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