There was only one homicide recorded in Nunavut in 2016, the lowest number recorded since Nunavut became a territory, according to Statistics Canada.

A six-year-old girl was fatally stabbed in Coral Harbour in May 2016, representing the one homicide victim that year. A woman in her 20s was charged in relation to the girl’s death.

Nunavut has had as many as seven homicides in a single year, in 2007 and in 2011.

There were four homicides in the Yukon in 2016 and three in the Northwest Territories.

The number of Nunavut homicides will be higher in 2017 than 2016 due to a few fatal and highly-publicized standoffs between police and Nunavut residents earlier this year, among other incidents.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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