Although human trafficking has been taking place in Canada for decades, awareness of the issue has only been building during recent years. Unfortunately, we have heard from many victims and parents of victims that they were simply unaware that they or their children could be at risk of trafficking here in Canada. Educating the public is part of our mandate, and awareness is a primary weapon in the fight against human traffickers.
We are committed to educating and empowering Canadian youth with the knowledge of how human trafficking happens. That is why we have developed a school program to help educate our students and teachers on how to protect themselves against predators, how to recognize the signs of grooming and how to report this crime. In addition, Joy Smith and our representatives are frequently on the road presenting to and informing groups across the country.
We firmly believe that through education, we can keep ourselves and especially our children safe from this injustice.
We have presented and educated in locations from coast to coast, including:
- Halifax & St. John’s, NS
- Miramichi & Fredericton, NB
- Vancouver, Kamloops, Surrey, Langley, Victoria, Fernie, Bowen Island & Abbotsford, BC
- Calgary, Edmonton, Carstairs, Okotoks, Lethbridge & Red Deer, AB
- Saskatoon, Regina, Melfort & Yorkton, SK
- Ottawa, London, Toronto, St. Thomas & Belleville, ON
- Montreal, QC
- Winnipeg, Brandon, Crystal City, Ste. Anne, Morris, Dauphin, Wawanesa, Norway House Cree Nation & Peguis First Nation, MB
- And many more…
In 2017, we produced a documentary about human trafficking in Canada. Human Trafficking: Canada's Secret Shame is the first of its kind, and an excellent educational tool for Canadian families. Joy Smith travelled across the country and interviewed the experts whom she has worked with for two decades to tell Canada’s authentic human trafficking story.