Saskatchewan is the province with the highest Indigenous murder rate

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Saskatchewan is the province with the highest Aboriginal murder rate

A total of 822 Aboriginal people were killed on a total of 3,373 victims of homicides reported by police services in Canada between 2015 and 2020.

A quarter of murder victims in Canada between 2015 and 2020 were Indigenous, according to data released by Statistics Canada this week. Saskatchewan is the province with the highest Aboriginal homicide rate.

In the province, the rate is 17.57 homicides per 100,000 Aboriginal people, 13 times higher than the rate for non-Aboriginal people.

In contrast, the province's non-Indigenous homicide rate of 1.38 homicides per 100,000 non-Indigenous people is within the national average.

Of the 244 homicides police have documented in Saskatchewan, 173 involved Indigenous people, Statistics Canada said.

The three Prairie provinces recorded 1,077 murders, including 545 Indigenous victims. Thus, more than 30% of reported homicides in the country occurred in these three provinces.

The higher homicide rates among Aboriginal people also contribute to the relatively high homicide rates generally recorded in [the Prairies]. For example, Manitoba and Saskatchewan had homicide rates more than twice the rate for all of Canada in 2020, the federal agency's report notes.

A total of 822 Indigenous people were killed out of a total of 3,373 homicide victims reported by police services in Canada between 2015 and 2020. According to Statistics Canada, 69% of Indigenous homicide victims were First Nations, 5.8% of victims were Métis, and 6.7% were Inuit.

Indigenous homicides are most often perpetrated by a friend or friend of the family, or a member of the extended family. In contrast, in cases where the victim is Aboriginal, homicides are less often committed with a firearm, and less often premeditated.

Rates of Aboriginal homicides were lowest in the Atlantic provinces, at 13 out of a total of 178 reported in these four provinces.

In addition, Statistics Canada reports that Prince Edward Island is the only province that did not have an Indigenous homicide victim from 2015 to 2020.

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