Questions over number of missing indigenous women in Canada

The number of missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada since 1980 may be as high as 4,000 – far more than previous estimates of 1,200, the federal government has said.

The minister for the status of women said there were no accurate figures because of a lack of hard data.

But Patty Hajdu said research from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) put it at more than 4,000.

A national inquiry is due to begin shortly.

Ms Hajdu and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett have been speaking to survivors and relatives across Canada.

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