Released on May 4, 2015The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the week of May 3-9 as Missing Persons Week. This year’s theme is “A Community’s Response to Missing Persons.”
“Saskatchewan shares the concerns of the public and the nation about the need to address ongoing issues about missing persons,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “I’m proud of the collaborative work we’re doing in Saskatchewan to raise awareness and am encouraged by the discussions we‘ve had with our counterparts across the country.”
“This year, Missing Person’s Week is an opportunity to understand what communities can do when someone goes missing,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said. “That includes efforts to find the missing person, but also supporting families in a time of uncertainty.”
According to the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP) database, there are currently 122 long-term missing persons in the province.
“The declaration of Missing Persons’ Week and the work of the Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons are highly regarded by other jurisdictions as steps in the right direction,” SACPPresident Chief Troy Hagen said. “As a partner, the SACP assures the families of the missing that we will continue to investigate their cases, offering emotional and practical support through Victim Services, as well as informing and educating whole communities on everyone’s role in prevention.”
The Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons (PPCMP), which includes representatives from government, police, First Nations, Métis, and community-based organizations, leads collaborative work to address issues related to prevention, intervention and support in cases involving missing persons. It has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its approach.
In support of Missing Persons Week, the PPCMP developed a fictional case and invites you to follow on Twitter at #ImaMissing. Throughout the week, the narrative will highlight how police, organizations and communities respond to a missing persons case from the moment the initial report is made until the case is resolved.
For more information on how to assist families of missing persons, visit www.justice.gov.sk.ca/MissingPersons.
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