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Adult police-reported homicide accused 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 adult persons accused of police-reported homicide identified as Indigenous, and 2) the rate of adult persons accused of police-reported homicide 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 supplied by the accused person, accused person’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 an improvement of the socio-economic factors that contribute to the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.
Direction of improvement : The expected direction of improvement for this indicator is a decrease.
Geographic coverage : Canada
Limitation : The data provide the number of homicide accused who are known by police in a given year. 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

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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