One-quarter of all female homicide victims in Canada in 2015 were Indigenous

MMIW March 2015 4

Hundreds of family and supporters of missing and murdered women gathered at the University of Winnipeg to honour their memories and to call for action. CTV Winnipeg.

Indigenous women also continue to be over-represented in justice system, says Statistics Canada report

CBC News, June 6, 2017

The homicide rate for Indigenous females between 2001 and 2015 was nearly six times higher than that for non-Indigenous females, according to a new study by Statistics Canada.

The difference in rates was most notable in the territories and in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to the report Women in Canada: Women and the Criminal Justice System, released Tuesday.

One quarter of all female homicide victims in Canada in 2015 were Indigenous, up from nine per cent in 1980.

The report says the number of Indigenous female victims of homicide has increased over the past several decades, while the number of non-Indigenous female victims has declined.

Indigenous females reported experiencing violent victimizations at a rate 2.7 times higher than that reported by non-Indigenous females.

female-homicide-victims-2001-2015More than three times as many Indigenous women reported experiencing spousal violence in 2014 as non-Indigenous women, and Indigenous women were nearly twice as likely as non-Indigenous women to report having experienced emotional or financial abuse.

Over-represented in custody

According to the study, females accounted for 10 per cent of people accused of homicide in Canada from 2001 to 2015.

The rate of Indigenous females accused of homicide was 31 times higher than non-Indigenous females (4.33 per 100,000 population compared with 0.14 per 100,000 population).

Indigenous women made up less than five per cent of the total female population in Canada in 2015 but accounted for more than one-third of female admissions to federal and provincial/territorial custody in 2014-15.

The largest proportions were in the western provinces and the territories.

In 2014-15, 86 per cent of women admitted to adult provincial sentenced custody in Manitoba were Indigenous. That number was 85 per cent in Saskatchewan. In 2011, Indigenous females 15 and over made up 14 per cent of Manitoba’s population, and 15 per cent of Saskatchewan’s.

In the territories, where Indigenous females comprise a larger proportion of the populations, Indigenous females made up 82 per cent of admissions to custody in Yukon, 93 per cent in the Northwest Territories, and 100 per cent in Nunavut.

Posted on June 6, 2017, in Indigenous Women and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Jocelyne Young

    This is enough to make anyone’s blood boil. I know I know the government is responsible for treating indigenous people so horribly, degrading them from the beginning, adding the aggressive attitude of many men; gave men in policing the permission to be abusive. I had high hopes that our new Prime Minister would honour his words. It’s apparent that he is not.

    I’ve long believed that policing in many areas has some questionable officers & are quick to apprehend innocent women. As sickening as this is, it’s evident that the RCMP needs to seriously remove them from the force. However, as this type of conduct almost always works from the top down, I expect it will take some dedicated officers to work through the rank & file. The RCMP needs to review the type of male officers they hire.

    This is all disheartening…I’m so sorry…I just don’t feel very positive. I want to applaud Warrior Publications for all the good work you do in keeping as many as possible aware of the facts.

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