The CBC’s Evan Dyer has uncovered a glaring flaw in the final report of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) – the inquiry cited statistics that grossly over-represent the extent of violence against Indigenous women.
To make matters worse, the inquiry has no intention of amending its official report to incorporate the correct figures because – get this – stopping violence against Indigenous women is too important to let facts get in
This first became an issue back in June after the final report was released. The inquiry claimed Indigenous women made up 25% of murder victims in Canada. The correct figure, though, is 25% of female murder victims – a much smaller number.
Over the last four years for which statistics are available, Statistics Canada reports there have been 2,381 homicides in Canada. In 655 of those cases (27.5%), the victims were female. And in 138, the female victim was Indigenous.
That means Indigenous women are about 6% of murder victims in Canada, not 25%. That is still high for a group that is just 4% of the population. But less than a two-fold over-representation is a far different problem than a six- or seven-fold discrepancy.
(As an aside, while 138 Indigenous women have been victims of murder over the most recent four-year period, 142 Indigenous women have been charged with murder during the same time.)