Discrimination, climate change among risks to Canadian children, report indicates – GLOBAL

September 7, 2022

An annual report that looks at harms facing Canadian children finds that unintentional injuries pose the biggest risk to kids, followed by poor mental health and systemic discrimination.

The study from charity organization Children First Canada says preventable and accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among kids 14 and under.

Poor mental health is also putting kids at risk, with the study saying a quarter of people between two and 17 years old experience mental-health challenges.

The report, published Wednesday, also highlights the harms to childhood caused by racism and other forms of discrimination.

Children First Canada says Indigenous kids are 12 times more likely to be taken out of their homes and placed in foster care than their non-Indigenous counterparts, while transgender teens are seven times more likely to have tried to end their own lives than their peers.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9110863/discrimination-climate-change-canadian-children-report/

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