Ottawa – June 19, 2015  – One year after producing a comprehensive report on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, the RCMP has released an update that provides new data and analysis.

The 2014 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview provided the RCMP and the public with the most comprehensive statistical analysis of police-reported incidents of missing and murdered Aboriginal women to date. The 2015 Update provides statistics on more recent cases (2013 and 2014) and outlines the preventative and investigational steps the RCMP has taken.

“Our 2015 Update confirms the unmistakable connection between homicide and family violence, and that Aboriginal women continue to be overrepresented among Canada’s missing and murdered women,” said RCMP Deputy Commissioner Janice Armstrong in a press release today.

“These women are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends, and we can never lose sight of that. We are committed to working with our partners across Canada to resolve unsolved cases and to raise awareness about this issue.”

The 2015 Update’s key findings include:

•Aboriginal women (and all female victims regardless of ethnicity) are most frequently killed by someone they know.

•Offenders were known to their victims in 100% of solved homicide cases of Aboriginal women, and in 93% of solved homicide cases of non-Aboriginal women in RCMP jurisdictions in 2013 and 2014.

•Aboriginal female homicides continue to be solved at a high rate. In 2013 and 2014, 81% of murders of Aboriginal women have been solved in RCMP jurisdictions.

•The 2015 Update shows a reduction of 9.3 % in unsolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women reported in the 2014 Overview, from 225 to 204.



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