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Kewatinook is a new riding in Manitoba made up mostly of the former Rupertsland riding. Its name is Cree for "from the north."
It runs along the east side of Manitoba, including most of the communities east of Lake Winnipeg such as Hollow Water and Poplar River, the Island Lake region, and all the way to Hudson Bay and the communities of Gillam, York Factory and Churchill.
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It has by far the youngest population of any riding with nearly half the population under the age of 21.
It is also physically the largest riding in the province and more than nine in 10 residents are aboriginal.
Social problems are rampant with low high school graduation rates, high unemployment and high rates of poverty.
It is the poorest riding in Manitoba.
Median age: 21.6
Aboriginal population: 91.7
Living in poverty: 16.8 per cent
Median income: $11,194
Immigrants: 1.0 per cent
Kewatinook (formerly Rupertsland) has been held by the NDP for 42 years.
Eric Robinson, currently the minister for aboriginal affairs in Manitoba, has been the MLA since 1993.
The riding has consistently had among the lowest turnout with only about a third of voters turning out to the polls in 2007.
Eric Robinson, NDP 2,092
David Harper, PC 1,285
Earl Fontaine, LIB 202
Turnout: 33.34 per cent
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