Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum says Fiji's history means it's important to clarify whether the country has new statistics on ethnicity.
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum hs told parliament yesterday that the data was not collected in last year's census, which contradicted earlier reports.
The forum's chief executive, Bulutani Mataitawakilai, said such data helped in planning and policy-making.
He said it was important, given the ethnic divisions in Fiji's past.
"We have to talk about this because we cannot, we cannot shy away from ethnic issues in a country where there are people of different ethnic groups," said Mr Mataitawakilai.