In relation to the Canadian national average, this represents ten percent of all female homicides in Canada. The figures are approximate and cover a period of eight years (2000-2008). Of that ratio; indigenous women represent three percent. To better illustrate how NWAC correlates its data as to the overall numbers; one must understand that-to date-missing persons cases in Canada are not compiled. Hence any comparative data separating indigenous missing and murdered women; to other ethnic groups is not possible.
INM gave grassroots indigenous people a voice. It also miraculously bridged and incorporated non-indigenous Canadians under its banner-for a time. That is until the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) under the leadership of National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo-interjected itself and agreed to meet with Prime Minister Harper. Chief Spence’s political manoeuver and its aftermath, effectively removed the very real tangible unison of non-aboriginal Canadians under a First Nations political banner.