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1,200 Canada aboriginal women killed or missing since 1950s: police

Published on May 17, 2014 3:24 AM

OTTAWA (AFP) - Nearly 1,200 aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or are missing and presumed dead in Canada since the 1950s, federal police said Friday, the homicide rate dwarfing the national average.

A long-awaited report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) includes data from policing agencies across Canada in order to produce the most comprehensive account of murdered and missing aboriginal women to date.

Aboriginal women accounted for 16 per cent of female homicides and 11.3 per cent of missing women in the country, it said.

That is three to four times higher than the representation of aboriginal women in the Canadian population, which is 4.3 per cent, or 1.5 million.

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