Indian Country 52 #25 – State of Emergency
“A remote First Nation community in northwestern Ontario has been devastated following the deaths of at least four young people ages 12-16 who have taken their own lives so far this month.
Deputy Grand Chief Anna Achneepineskum of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) said that two girls, both 16, died in Pikangikum, near the Ontario-Manitoba border, over the weekend.
The tragedy follows the deaths of a 12-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl who died by suicide two weeks ago.
Achneepineskum confirmed that one of the girls who died on the weekend, Hazel Pascal, was a sister of Mikaia, a girl who took her life earlier this month in the small community of about 2,300 people.
“Just imagine living in that trauma state. And you’re trying to feel hope, it’s very hard to find that.””
– Global News, Ontario First Nation reeling following suicides of at least 4 young people.
“Mr Frogg’s niece, Chantell Fox, was one of the three girls who committed suicide. He spoke in January at a news conference in Ottawa, pleading for a national strategy on suicide.
The Toronto Star reported that Jenera Roundsky was found dead on 13 June at the local hockey rink. She had reportedly texted a friend to say goodbye.
Chantell and Jolynn Winter both died less than six months earlier.”
– BBC News, Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency over suicide.
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #25 – State of Emergency (Suicides).
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