soccer and indigenous children and youth in care

The primary target audience of the Hope and Health Initiative is Indigenous children and youth, including those that are living in foster care, referred to as “Children in Care” or “CIC’s.  Indigenous children and youth are the most vulnerable members of Canadian society, impacted by multiple challenging social determinants of health which result in them being over-represented in foster care, at higher risk for suicide, addiction and domestic violence. 

Current research indicates the following realities for Indigenous children and youth:

  • There are currently over 4,450 Indigenous Children and Youth living in Foster Care in BC.
  • That’s over 52% of the foster child population, when Indigenous children are only 8 % of the BC child population.
  • Suicide rates for Indigenous youth are 6 times higher than for those of non-Aboriginal youth.
  • The high-school dropout rate for Indigenous students is 2 times the rate for non-Indigenous students.
  • Indigenous female youth are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

I think there are a lot of things that soccer does in the communities that transcend the soccer field.
— Brandi Chastain