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Reserves gripped by poverty: census – Winnipeg Free Press

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 2017105 Views

OTTAWA — Almost all First Nation reserves in Manitoba have median incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to 2016 census data tabulated by The Canadian Press.

The news agency compiled census figures for areas identified as Indigenous communities, and found about 81 per cent of reserves across Canada had median incomes below the low-income measure, which Statistics Canada considers to be $22,133 for one person.

In absolute numbers, of the 367 reserves for which there was data on total individual median incomes, 297 communities fell below the low-income measure, while just 70 registered median incomes above the de facto poverty line. There were 27 communities that reported median total incomes below $10,000.

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