A report released by jointly by the Canadian Police Services and Statistics Canada has tabulated the total number of homicides in the country for 2015.
An alarming stat is the number of victims reported by police as an Aboriginal person. About 25% of the 604 were Aboriginal, while 33% of accused persons were reported as an Aboriginal in solved cases.
Aboriginal people accounted for about 5% of Canada’s total population in 2015.
In terms of general numbers, the homicide rate increased by 15% in 2015, up 83 people from the previous year, and the highest rate since 2011.
Alberta accounted for a large portion of the increases (up 27 victims) while Saskatchewan (+19) and Ontario (+18) also had increases from the previous year.
The majority of the victims in all homicides were male, while 87% of all victims knew the accused.
— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) November 23, 2016