By: The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG - An RCMP report says aboriginal women have been much more prone to violent death than non-natives, but police have solved cases involving both groups at almost the same rate.
The report says there have been 1,181 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women since 1980.
That number is considerably higher than earlier estimates, and the Mounties say they are taking steps to try to solve more cases.
The report says police forces across Canada have solved 88 per cent of aboriginal female homicides since 1980 and 89 per cent of cases involving non-natives.
There are stark differences, however, in how aboriginal women fall victim to violence.
The report says they are more likely to be killed by an acquaintance and are less likely to be killed by a spouse.
They are also more likely to be killed by someone with a criminal record, someone on social assistance or someone with a history of family violence.
The RCMP also say murdered aboriginal women were more likely to have a criminal record, to be unemployed and to have consumed intoxicants just before their deaths.
The force points out that a small number of victims, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, had worked in the sex trade.
The Mounties say they are sharing the data with other police forces and have directed their own divisions to review all outstanding cases.
They are also promising to add resources to investigative units where needed.