STATISTICS CANADA REPORT CONFIRMS NEED FOR NATIONAL INQUIRY
Indigenous peoples make up five per cent of the Canadian population — but nearly a quarter of its murder victims
November 27, 2015 – On Wednesday, November 25, Statistics Canada released its homicide report for 2014. It was the first time the government agency included police-reported data on the aboriginal identity of those accused of homicide, as well as the victims.
The results were, unfortunately, not surprising. In 2014, almost a quarter (117) of the 516 homicide victims in Canada were Indigenous people.
The report stated that although the homicide rate in Canada has sunk to its lowest since 1966, the murder rate among Indigenous people was six times higher than that of non-Indigenous people.
“We urge the Federal Government to work together with Indigenous Peoples to get to the root cause of this violence,” stated National Chief Dwight Dorey of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. “We need to address the inequalities facing our people, including affordable housing, unemployment and the lack of access to quality education. By addressing these needs we will be able to move forward and achieve our vision of violence-free Indigenous homes and communities.”
The report also included findings from a revised Homicide Survey data for Indigenous female murder victims from 1980 to 2014. Out of a total of 6,849 murders involving female victims, 1,073 were Indigenous women.
Although the reported number of non-Indigenous female homicides has been declining since 1991, the opposite is true for Indigenous women. The homicide rate of Indigenous females has continued to account for an increasing proportion of total female murder victims.
“These numbers confirm what many violence prevention advocates have been saying for years ¬– that the number of Indigenous women who are murdered is disproportionality high,” Chief Dorey said. “There is an urgent need to launch a National Inquiry into murdered and missing women and girls. We need to work towards a future Canada where all Indigenous people feel safe and are treated with respect and honour.”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples — formerly known as the Native Council of Canada — advocates for the rights and interests of Metis, status and non-status Indians (Indigenous) living off-reserve and Southern Labrador Inuit throughout Canada.
For more information about the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, visit our website at: www.abo-peoples.org
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Noreen Fagan, Communications Co-ordinator
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
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