December 9 - Day 15: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Dear <<First Name>>
Did you know:
Rates of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women continues to grow around the world, as missing persons cases, reduced recognition of violence against Indigenous women, and an appalling lack of documentation of violence by institutions continue to under-represent the true numbers regarding abuse against Indigenous women and girls.
“According to the National Crime Information Center, 5,712 missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls were reported in 2016, while only 116 cases were reported by the US Department of Justice’s federal missing person database.”
Data collected through the Freedom of Information Act by the Urban Indian Health Institute revealed that following:
506 cases of MMIWG were identified in 71 US Citites
128 of those cases involved missing Indigenous women
280 of those cases involved murdered Indigenous women
98 of those cases were listed with unknown status
In Canada, the rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls continued unabated during the mandate of the national inquiry created to investigate the root causes of the issue (source: CBC News).
There were more than 130 Indigenous women and girls reported as victims of a homicide, whose death was deemed suspicious, or who died while in institutional care from 2016 to 2019, according to the two databases.
Both databases showed rate of at least three deaths of Indigenous women and girls per month during that time span.