The week began with a United Nations envoy calling out Canada for having a First Nations human-rights problem of "crisis proportions."
It ended with the release of an RCMP report acknowledging a staggering number of aboriginal women are victims of violence in a country marred by inequality. The numbers in the report, released Friday, renewed calls for a public inquiry into Canada's murdered and missing indigenous women.
Here are 5 key stats about the last three decades that sum up the injustice:
- 1,017 aboriginal women have been murdered; another 164 are still considered missing. This "exceeds previous public estimates."
- The rate of homicide per 100,000 is 4.45 for aboriginal women compared to 0.90 for non-aboriginal women.
- Aboriginal women account for 4.3% of the overall Canadian female population;
- But account for 11.3% of the cases of missing women;
- And represent 16% of female homicides.
This is what that looks like, courtesy of the RCMP report with stats that surprised the country's top Mountie:
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