RCMP reportedly uncover more than 1,000 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women

First Nation's bands form a blockade at the main VIA rail line between Toronto and Ottawa.The...

First Nation's bands form a blockade at the main VIA rail line between Toronto and Ottawa.The blockade was part of a day of action to call attention to missing and murdered indigenous and aboriginal women. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

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RCMP have uncovered more than 1,000 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal girls and women in Canada, the highest estimate to date, reports the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

Citing an anonymous source, APTN reports Mounties worked with more than 200 police forces to compile its numbers.

The source also said the federal government has delayed the report's release.

RCMP would not confirm nor deny the numbers.

"The RCMP is currently completing a national operational review to gain the most accurate account to date of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada," spokeswoman Greg Cox told QMI Agency. "The report is not finalized and it would be premature to further comment at this point."

The Native Women's Association of Canada, using secondary sources such as media reports and court rulings, pegged the number at 580, with most occurring between 1990 and 2010 and few dating back to the '70s. Earlier information is hard to track down, the report said.

Ottawa researcher Maryanne Pearce pegged the number at 824 in January.


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