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Indigenous women, girls killed at rate six times higher than non-Indigenous: StatCan report – National Post

Oct 04, 2023

The report also said most Indigenous women and girls were found to be killed by someone they knew, and those accused in most cases were also Indigenous

OTTAWA — A new Statistics Canada report has found that homicides of Indigenous women and girls are less likely to result in the most serious murder charges than cases in which victims were non-Indigenous.

The study, released Wednesday, looked at how homicides of Indigenous women and girls moved through the court system, and how the outcomes of those cases compared to those of non-Indigenous women and girls.

More than half of cases involving non-Indigenous women and girls between 2009 and 2021 resulted in charges of first-degree murder.

But when the victim was Indigenous, police laid or recommended that charge half as often. The less-serious offences of second-degree murder and manslaughter were more common.

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