The Human Development Council’s Child Poverty Report Card released last week reveals child poverty rates for Indigenous communities in New Brunswick are worse than those in non-Indigenous communities – a lot worse.

The council included communities with 50 or more children and used 2018 figures. All these Indigenous communities had a rate of 50 per cent or higher. That’s more than double the provincial average of 21.8 per cent.

And for some communities it was far higher. Esgenoopetitj First Nation, in the eastern part of the province, had a rate of over 70 per cent.