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Report: Aboriginal residents, northerners most at risk for homicide in Canada


Aboriginal residents made up nearly a quarter of Canada’s homicide victims in 2014 even though they make up only about 5 percent of Canada’s population, and the nation’s highest homicide rates were in the country’s sparsely populated northern territories, said a recent report issued by the government agency Statistics Canada.

Overall, Canada’s total 516 homicides in 2014 gave the nation a rate of 1.45 victims per 100,000 people -- the lowest rate since 1966. Of those victims, 117 were identified as aboriginal, and another 17 were of undetermined ethnicity, and possibly aboriginal, according to the report, released last week.


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