APTN National News
The RCMP held a news conference in Winnipeg on Friday to release an unprecedented collection of data related to missing and murdered indigenous women.
Investigators say the data is made up from reports of 300 police services from across the country. Some of the information, mainly the overall number of murdered and missing at 1,181 was announced by RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson two weeks ago after an appearance at a parliamentary committee.
The information released today showed a glaring discrepancy between western and eastern provinces when it comes to violence against indigenous women. Also:
– First Nations, Metis and Inuit women who have been murdered were more likely to have a criminal record, consumed intoxicants or be unemployed,
– They are more likely killed by an acquaintance and by someone with a criminal record, on social assistance or a personal with a history of family violence.
– The overall representation is 3-4 times higher than the national average.
You can read the full report here:
More to come