soccer and aboriginal children and youth in care

The primary target audience of the Hope and Health Initiative is Aboriginal children and youth, including those that are living in foster care, referred to as “Children in Care” or “CIC’s. Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal children and youth:

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

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