Missing Persons

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The issue of missing persons is important to the Alberta government. Its impact on victims, families and communities can be life altering and far reaching.

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General oversees the province’s approach to dealing with missing persons. It uses the Missing Persons Act to guide this work.

Alberta’s leading approach on missing persons legislation was highlighted in British Columbia’s December 2012 landmark report on missing women — “Forsaken: The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry”.

To Report a Missing Person

Contact your local Alberta police service immediately.

Government Approaches

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General approaches the issue of missing persons in several ways:

Missing Women Working Group

Since February 2006, a missing women working group — with officials from federal, provincial and territorial governments — has been meeting about the high number of murdered and missing women in Canada.

The group includes members from justice and public safety departments in Alberta, British Colombia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. The group is co-chaired by Alberta and British Colombia.

Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Our ministry’s Victims Services Unit is completing a two-year, federally-funded initiative about the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Goals of this initiative include:

  • Identifying the needs of missing persons, and developing a victim services response
  • Identifying culturally relevant supports and services for Aboriginal people, recognizing that Aboriginal women are over-represented as victims of homicide

 Missing Persons Groups

Several non-government groups in Alberta are dedicated to the issue of missing persons:

  • KARE Unit — examines the deaths of “high risk” missing persons and uses new strategies to prevent women at risk of violence from going missing
  • Alberta Missing Persons and Unidentified Human Remains — provides a collaborative, consistent and leading-edge approach to dealing with all missing person cases
  • AMBER Alert — a public notification system that helps locate abducted children, as well as adults with a mental or physical disability
  • Child Find Alberta — provides free literature to the public about how to prevent children from going missing