Missing Persons Week Declared in Saskatchewan
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the week of May 5 to May 11 as Missing Persons Week. This year’s theme is “Safety for All.”
“It’s an unfortunate fact that there are families out there who are still waiting for their loved ones to come home,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “It’s important that we, as a province, continue the work being done to find missing persons and to address the reasons people go missing in the first place.”
According to the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police website, there are 134 long-term missing persons in the province. Long-term missing persons include men, women and children from all areas of the province.
“We again pause, to remember those missing persons and what their families are going through,” Weyburn Police Service Chief and President of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police Marlo Pritchard said. “The week is also about awareness, recognizing the work already done by so many, but hopefully focusing and renewing our collective efforts to prevent and reduce the occurrences of missing persons.”
In Saskatchewan, the Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons leads collaborative work to address issues related to prevention, intervention and support in cases involving missing persons. The committee includes representatives from government, police, Indigenous and community-based organizations.
For more information on how to assist families of missing persons, visit http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/family-and-social-support/help-for-families-of-missing-or-murdered-persons.