SASKATOON — A flag-raising ceremony to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the City Square beside City Hall at noon.
The Catholic Women’s League Council organizes the event at Saint Anne Catholic Church, headed by its President Pat Ballantyne, in cooperation with the city council.
The Human Trafficking Awareness Day Flag-Raising event will be at noon at the City Square at 222 3rd Avenue North at Saskatoon City Hall. It is expected to end at 12:45 p.m.
CWL Canada requested its Saint Anne Council to hold the event. CWL Saint Anne Council then asked the City Council to approve the flag-raising event.
Everyone is invited to attend the Human Trafficking Awareness project, which Anne Ashcroft from the Sainte Anne CWL Council co-chairs.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon Bishop Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand, Hope Restored Canada Saskatoon House Program Coordinator Ashley Peter, Ward 5 Councillor Randy Donauer and Staff Sergeant Patrick Barbar representing the Saskatoon Police Service are some of the dignitaries who will be attending the event.
Hagemoen will do the opening prayer and blessing, while Saint Anne CWL Council Pamela Yaremko will close out with another prayer.
Human Trafficking Awareness Project Saskatoon Co-Chair Donna Aldous will give the closing remarks.
Human trafficking is a global problem where victims are often forced into slave labour or exploited as sex workers.