Justice Minister Gordon Wyant explains the week is commemorated to raise awareness about missing persons, discuss prevention strategies, and promote services and supports available to families of missing persons. It is the ninth year the week has been proclaimed in Saskatchewan.
This year's theme is "Caring for Families One Day at a Time."
According to the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police website there are 133 long-term missing persons in the province. Long-term missing persons include men, women and children who have been missing for at least six months.
Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell says individuals go missing for a number of reasons, sometimes by accident, sometimes due to an underlying mental health condition and unfortunately sometimes due to violence. She advises if you believe someone you know may be missing contact your local police service as all missing persons cases remain open until that person is found.