May 21, 2014 4:02 pm

RCMP working to reduce number of missing, murdered aboriginal women

Saskatchewan RCMP working to reduce number of missing, murdered aboriginal women.

Kim Smith / Global News

REGINA – The head of the RCMP in Saskatchewan says she believes work by the force is helping to reduce the number of murdered and missing aboriginal women – despite a disproportionate number of victims.

Assistant Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr says she’s comfortable with the direction the Mounties are taking.

But she also says things can get better.

An RCMP report released last week found that while aboriginal women make up 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population, they account for 16 per cent of female homicides and 11.3 per cent of missing women.

In Saskatchewan, native women make up 55 per cent of homicide victims – the highest per cent of all provinces.

Butterworth-Carr says law enforcement alone can’t solve the problem, and the RCMP is working with other agencies, such as the Social Services and Education ministries, to prevent high-risk behaviour.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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