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For Immediate Release
February 7, 2013

MISSING CHILDREN PROGRAM REACHING OUT TO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Assembly of First Nations join forces to raise awareness about MissingKids.ca

WINNIPEG, ManitobaThe Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have come together to continue to raise awareness about a program available to help First Nations and Aboriginal families in their search for missing children. MissingKids.ca, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s missing children resource and response centre, provides a central location for searching families and communities to get the help and critical tools they need in the event a child goes missing, as well as educational resources to help prevent children from going missing.

“MissingKids.ca is a vital resource to help bring missing children home,” says Minister Nicholson. “The pain of having a child go missing is something no parent should ever have to face but the tragic reality is that it is happening all too often. The Government of Canada is pleased to support initiatives like MissingKids.ca because it is producing results and reducing victimization.”

“Today we are announcing another step in our commitment to reach out to First Nations and Aboriginal communities in order to ensure that these communities know where to turn for help when a child is missing,” says Christy Dzikowicz, Director of MissingKids.ca. “In addition to providing step-by-step guides and tools, MissingKids.ca’s specially trained staff is always there to support families in their search to find their missing child. Our supports and resources are available for all Canadians. We must reach out to all communities and work together to prevent disappearances and help keep children safe.”

MissingKids.ca works in partnership with Canada’s law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in the search for missing children. The program provides a national voice on missing children’s issues and a coordinated approach in the search for Canada’s missing children, capitalizing on new technology and providing prompt, efficient dissemination of information to the public.

“The stark reality that more and more First Nation youth go missing in Canada each year is unacceptable,” says AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. “As the leaders of today, First Nation youth must be supported and nurtured to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. The Assembly of First Nations is proud to work together with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to support the development of First Nation resources and tools to be available to First Nations youth right within their communities.”

With the support of the Government of Canada, through the Department of Justice Victims Fund, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection will be reaching out once again to First Nations and Aboriginal people. Public service announcements featuring National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and targeted at Northern Canadian communities, will be aired on radio to inform these communities about MissingKids.ca’s services.

MissingKids.ca continues to work with partners to provide all families and communities across Canada with the support and resources they need to help bring missing children home. For more information, visit www.missingkids.ca.

For more information please contact:
Carolyn Shimmin-Bazak, Manager of Communications and Research, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Office: (204) 945-8074 Cell: (204) 801-6838
Email: carolyn@protectchildren.ca

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