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We fact-checked a viral claim about who's killing MMIWG. It was wrong. - 2019-06-07

F99.png We fact-checked a viral claim about who's killing MMIWG. It was wrong. June 7, 2019, Emma McIntosh, National Observer

After the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women released its final report this week, you may have seen a statistic claiming Indigenous men killed 70 per cent of murdered Indigenous women.

The number was cited by white nationalist Faith Goldy, former editor-in-chief of The Walrus magazine Jonathan Kay and reams of others on social media who sought to undermine the report's finding that Canada's treatment of Indigenous people is genocide.

Problem is, there's no published research that supports the figure. It's based on years of sloppily collected RCMP data that doesn't examine the actual problems underlying violence against Indigenous women, and is grounded in racist assumptions about Indigenous people.

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{{cite news | first = Emma | last = McIntosh | title = We fact-checked a viral claim about who's killing MMIWG. It was wrong. | url = https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/07/analysis/we-fact-checked-viral-claim-about-whos-killing-mmiwg-it-was-wrong | work = National Observer | date = June 7, 2019 | accessdate = July 3, 2019 }}