Government officials said that the number of missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada since 1980 may be as high as four thousand, roughly two thousand eight hundred more than previously reported.
Authorities said that there are no accurate figures because they lack hard data.
The original figures were documented in a 2014 Royal Canadian Mounted Police report on the missing women. Officials said that after conducting interviews with survivors and family members across Canada they believe the number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is higher than one thousand two hundred.
A national inquiry is set to begin soon as pledged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his campaign last year. In addition, Trudeau has also promised funding for programming and a review of laws on indigenous peoples.