One in four Saskatchewan children are living in poverty, and if it wanted to, the government could fix the problem.

That’s the crux of a new report by Paul Gingrich, Garson Hunter and Miguel Sanchez of the University of Regina Social Policy Research Unit.

In 2014, 24.6 per cent of the province’s children lived in poverty, along with 14.8 per cent of the general population. That’s 64,000 children and 160,000 people overall.

The average is so high largely because of First Nations child poverty: In 2010, 57 per cent of First Nations children and 69 per cent of children living on reserves were poor, compared with 12 per cent of white children.

“Those are astounding figures,” said Gingrich.