Basic Facts

According to Indigenous activists, approximately 60% of the 3000 women that have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since 1980, are Native, with approximately 500 cases outstanding in BC alone. The official number of cases according to NWAC is 583. The discrepancy between these numbers can be attributed to a lack of funding for widespread research, most recently manifest in the government’s cutting of funds to NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit campaign.

Approximately two thirds of the official cases were murders and one-quarter of them are unresolved disappearances.

Over 300 of the official cases are still unsolved.

Roughly half of the official murders and disappearances have occurred since the year 2000.

Indigenous women in Canada are five times more likely than other women to die as the result of violence.

Sixty percent of known perpetrators are white men.

According to research conducted by gang expert Michael Chettleburgh, 90% of teen, urban sex-workers in Canada are Aboriginal.

About 75% of Aboriginal girls under 18 have been sexually abused.

Aboriginal women make up 3% of the Canadian population and over 30% of the female prison population.