A report published a week ago by Statistics Canada highlights significantly the higher incarceration rates in the Northwest Territories.
Last year, 189 people in the NWT were either serving a sentence for a conviction, in remand awaiting trial, or in other temporary detention.
A rate higher than Russia, Brazil or Saudi Arabia.
In 2015/2016, Aboriginal adults were over represented in admissions to provincial and territorial correctional services. They accounted for 26% of admissions while representing about 3% of the Canadian adult population.
This over representation of Aboriginal adults was more pronounced for females than males. Aboriginal females accounted for 38% of female admissions to provincial and territorial sentenced custody, while the comparable figure for Aboriginal males was 26%.