Indian Country 52 #15 – First Nation Suicides
“An indigenous community in Canada’s northern region of Ontario has declared a state of emergency after 11 people there attempted suicide on Saturday night.
The Attawapiskat First Nation is a small subarctic community of 2,000 people, located near the Hudson Bay and more than 300 miles from the nearest city. The community’s chief, along with leaders of the Attawapiskat parliament, voted unanimously late Saturday night to declare a state of emergency.
One member of parliament, Charlie Angus, said the Attawapiskat community and the First Nation people lack resources typically available to others in Canada.
When “a young person tries to commit suicide in any suburban school, they send in the resources, they send in the emergency team. There’s a standard protocol for response,” Angus said. “The northern communities are left on their own. We don’t have the mental-health service dollars. We don’t have the resources.””
– Yahoo News, The Suicide Emergency Among Canada’s First Nations.
“Nearly one quarter of First Nations adults reported contemplating suicide at some point in their life, according to a 2008-10 survey by the First Nations Information Governance Centre.
These figures stand in contrast to the just 9.1 per cent of adults from the general Canadian population who had similar thoughts.”
– CTV News, Suicide among Canada’s First Nations: Key numbers.
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