A new report set to be released from the RCMP shows there are nearly double the number of cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada than previously thought, a total of 1,186, according to RCMP Sgt. Greg Cox.
He released those numbers by email following a request from CFRA News.
With the release of those numbers has come a renewed call from both opposition parties and members of the public for a national inquiry into the deaths and disappearances.
The report will show there were 1,017 Aboriginal women and girls murdered between 1980 and 2012 and another 169 reported missing since 1952. Of those, 108 are believed to be suspicious.
The final report isn't finished yet but it is expected it will be released in the coming weeks.
"The RCMP has taken on this initiative on behalf of the Canadian law enforcement community because we are concerned about the high incidence of missing and murdered Aboriginal women," Sgt. Greg Cox wrote in an email.
Opposition MPs, including Carolyn Bennett, Liberal MP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul's, say their calls for an inquiry are falling on deaf ears.
"If it's a pure political assessment of 'there's no votes in it' or, in that ongoing mantra of, 'people don't care,' well I think they've called this one wrong. I think people do care," said Bennett.
She said it's likely going to take mass demonstrations and the mobilization of those people who do want an inquiry in order for the government to take action.
The report will also outline some statistics to give context to the number of cases now officially identified. RCMP officers combed through Statistics Canada data and information from nearly 300 separate police jurisdictions in Canada.
Cox wrote that the data shows an over-representation of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in police databases.
"Aboriginal women make up four per cent of Canada's population; however they represent 16 per cent of all murdered females (between 1980-2012) and 12 per cent of all missing females on record," he wrote in the email.
The United Nations has called these cases the greatest social injustice in Canada and has condemned the lack of action from the government.