Indian Country 52 #20 – 1181 (MMIW)
“A report published by the RCMP on Friday found that there has been a total of 1,181 reported cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women over the past 30 years — a number the RCMP concedes “exceeds previous public estimates.
In an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio’s The House, Paulson said, “We have known for some time that there’s a higher rate of violent victimization within the aboriginal female population, but to see these numbers crystallized as they have was a little surprising.”
Of those 1,181 reported cases, 1,017 are homicide victims and 164 are considered missing. And of the total reported cases of murdered and missing indigenous women, 225 remain unresolved.
The report also found that close to 90 per cent of all female homicides are resolved and that “there is little difference” in solve rates between aboriginal and non-aboriginal victims.
The federal government has so far resisted calls for a national public inquiry into the matter, despite mounting pressure from aboriginal leaders, opposition parties and activists alike.”
– CBCNews, Number of murdered, missing aboriginal women surprises top Mountie.
“”Every file we reviewed represents a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt or friend,” said Bob Paulson, Commissioner of the RCMP. “We cannot lose sight of the human aspect of these incidents and we call upon partners and communities to work together to find solutions to this issue.””
– Kelowna Now, Aboriginal Women are Over-Represented Among Canada’s Murdered and Missing Women.
“Since 1980 the rate of women who are victims of homicide has trended down, except the rate for aboriginal women, which has increased, the report states.”
– Minnesota Public Radio, Aboriginal women more likely to suffer violent death, RCMP says.
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Indian Country 52
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