There are 133 long-term missing persons in Saskatchewan, according to the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police website. Long-term missing persons include men, women and children who have been missing for at least six months.
The Government of Saskatchewan has declared May 1st to 7th as Missing Persons Week in the province.
This year’s theme is “Caring for Families One Day at a Time.” The week is commemorated to raise awareness about missing persons, discuss prevention strategies, and promote services and supports available to families of missing persons, says government officials.
“Missing persons cases are always heartbreaking to hear about,” says Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant. “Families are left with so many unanswered questions, and they live with the uncertainty of not knowing whether their loved ones are safe. This week is an opportunity to show our support to these families and remind them that their loved ones are not forgotten.”
This is the ninth year the week has been proclaimed in Saskatchewan.
“Individuals go missing for a number of reasons,” says Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell. “Sometimes by accident, sometimes due to an underlying mental health condition, and unfortunately, sometimes due to violence. If you believe that someone you know may be missing, please contact your local police service. All missing persons cases remain open until that person is found.”
Information on the supports available to families of missing persons is available online.
Missing Persons Week is organized by the Saskatchewan Missing Persons Partnership (SMPP) as part of its commitment to preventing missing persons cases and supporting families of missing persons.
A calendar of provincial events planned for this week including a virtual address from Krista Fox on Red Dress Day (May 5th) can be downloaded here.