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Media advisory,
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m.,
Woodbine Banquet Hall, 30 Vice Regent Boulevard,
2019 Anti Human Trafficking: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls Conference,
Opening Ceremonies

Broadcast time: 05:00
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., at the Woodbine Banquet Hall, located at 30 Vice Regent Boulevard, the Toronto Police Service's Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit, of the Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit, will open the Anti-Human Trafficking: Ending Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls conference.

The two-day event, the first of its kind, will feature speakers and survivors who will share their experience and expertise in identifying and addressing the underlying root causes that have led to the vulnerability of women and girls within Indigenous communities. The goal of the conference is to educate and create awareness among frontline police officers and investigators who are often the first point of contact with victims and survivors.

Opening ceremonies are open to the media and will include remarks by Chief Mark Saunders; Andy Pringle, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board; Andre Morriseau, Ontario Native Women's Association; and A/Superintendent David Rydzik, Unit Commander of the Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit. The ceremony will also feature traditional prayers and drumming.

Interviews with conference presenters can be arranged by contacting Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, at

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Constable Monica Rutledge, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit