Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says after nation-wide consultations with relatives, the number of missing and murdered indigenous
females across the country dating back to 1980 far exceeds the 12-hundred.
The R-C-M-P compiled that figure in 2014 but added another 32 deaths and 11 disappearances in an update last year.
The government has wrapped up the consultation process with victims’ families as it prepares to establish the parameters around a public inquiry it
hopes to open this summer.
But Bennett says her meetings have suggested the depth of the tragedy is greater than first thought.