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Adult police-reported homicide victims identified as Indigenous

Collection source : Homicide Survey, Statistics Canada
What it is? : This indicator is measured in two ways: 1) the number and percentage of police-reported adult homicide victims identified as Indigenous and 2) the rate of police-reported adult homicide victims identified as Indigenous per 100,000 Indigenous population in Canada. Homicide includes the Criminal Code offences of murder, manslaughter, and infanticide. Indigenous identity is reported by the police and is determined through information found with the victim or supplied by the victim’s family, community members, or other sources (such as band records).
Why is it important? : A decrease in this indicator could mean a reduction in systemic discrimination and violence towards Indigenous people, which are in part responsible for their overrepresentation as victims in the system.
Direction of improvement : The expected direction of improvement for this indicator is a decrease.
Geographic coverage : Canada
Limitation : These data do not report on the number of undiscovered missing persons. For more detailed notes, click on the export to spreadsheet function.
Direction : The value increased from the previous year and is not moving in the defined direction of improvement.
Resources :

Homicide Survey- Overview

Number of Reported Homicides Involving Indigenous Individuals in Canada- Data Table

Police-reported Information Hub: Homicide in Canada

Homicide trends in Canada, 2022 - The Daily

Homicide in Canada, 2022 - Infographic

Homicide in Canada, 2021- Juristat

Infographic: Homicide in Canada, 2021 - Infographic 

Homicide in Canada, 2020- Juristat

Homicide in Canada, 2020- Infographic

Homicide in Canada, 2019- Juristat

Homicide in Canada, 2019- Infographic

Homicide in Canada, 2018- Juristat

Homicide in Canada, 2018- Infographic




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