Aboriginal people hugely over-represented in Vancouver youth seeking mental-health and addiction services (Inner City Youth Program)

A business plan drafted by Providence Health Care provides a rough snapshot of the mental-health and addiction issues prevalent in downtown Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth.

The document concerns the Inner City Youth program (ICY), which provides mental health, addiction, and housing services to teens and young adults aged 16 to 24.

According to the business plan, 21 percent of ICY clients assessed between March 2007 and December 2013 were identified as aboriginal. That compares to just 2.3 percent of Vancouver’s total population, according to Statistics Canada data for 2011.

Travis Lupick reports

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