Aboriginal people make up more than half the homeless population in Thunder Bay, Ont., a research paper says.

When York University researcher Caryl Patrick examined previous studies from across the country, she found a disturbing trend:

“Aboriginal homelessness in Canada is a crisis, and should be considered an epidemic.”

That epidemic reaches from Halifax, where First Nations people make up a tenth of the homeless population, to Yellowknife, where they account for 95 per cent.