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Indigenous women missing or murdered in Canada are more than expected.

Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett speaks during a news conference on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry in Ottawa, Monday, February 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada: A recent study done by the Canadian government confirmed that the number of missing or murdered indigenous women in the country are likely to be higher than the previously mentioned, 1200. The ministers of Canada have sought an explanation and an inquiry into the matter.

Speaking at the news conference Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a key campaign pledge to address this issue.

At the same time, Canada’s minister for the status of women mentioned on Tuesday  stated that the number of indeginous women missing or murdered could be as highas 4000.

However, certain groups claimed that they did not have accurate figure. They indicated that the research from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) that said there were about 4000.

“During those discussions, the ministers have heard from participants that they believe the number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is higher than 1,200,” said Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.

In December 2015, Canadian authorities charged a man in the death of one indigenous girl whose murder caused a national outcry.

Media reports have revealed that dozens of aboriginal women disappear each year, with many later found dead in the river.

PM Trudeau has promised an inquiry into the matter as well as an increased funding for programming and a review of laws on indigenous people.

The ministers aim for the inquiry to “examine the causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls and leads to recommendations for concrete actions to prevent future violence”, stated Bennett.

“Regardless of the number, the level of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or were murdered is an ongoing national tragedy that our government is committed to addressing immediately,” she added.

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