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Indigenous affairs minister gets earful on visit to Attawapiskat

5 more Attawapiskat youth attempt suicide in ‘spiralling situation’

attawapiskat-band-office‘I don’t want to ever lose someone from suicide again’ says 14-year-old

CBC News, April 16, 2016

Five children tried to take their own lives Friday evening at the Attawapiskat First Nation, its chief said, deepening a crisis in the small community over repeated suicide attempts.

Chief Bruce Shisheesh confirmed the fresh suicide attempts in a brief telephone conversation with Reuters on Saturday. It was not immediately clear how old the children are. Read the rest of this entry

De Beers’ Colonial Plunder in Attawapiskat

Attwapiskat de Beers

Graphic: Rebel Youth Magazine

by Jay Watts, Rebel Youth, April 15, 2016

In 1995, a report issued as part of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples called suicide “one of the most urgent problems facing aboriginal communities.” 22 years later, Canada’s ongoing colonial project is still taking a staggering and gruesome toll on the health and lives of First Nations. In Attawapiskat, a community of close to 2,000, there were 11 suicide attempts last Saturday [April 9, 2016], on top of 100 suicide attempts since last September. Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal protesters occupy federal office buildings across Canada, demanding Trudeau visit Attawapiskat

Winnipeg INAC occupation 4

Occupation of Winnipeg offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), April 14, 2016.

by Victor Ferreira, National Post, April 14, 2016

TORONTO — Several groups of indigenous activists have occupied the offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in Toronto and staged a sit-in in Winnipeg, demanding that Justin Trudeau visits a northern Ontario community struggling with a recent spate of suicide attempts.

A group of about 30 people first occupied the Toronto building around 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, police said. The protest has been peaceful, police said. A second group of activists occupied the Winnipeg INAC offices Thursday evening. There are reports that a third group has occupied an INAC office near James Bay in northern Ontario. Read the rest of this entry

Ontario to spend up to $2M to help Attawapiskat First Nation

attawapiskat-band-officeMoney will pay salaries of mental health workers, nurses and security, fund youth centre

CBC News, April 13, 2016

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced Wednesday that the provincial government will dedicate up to $2 million toward long-term solutions to prevent suicide attempts in the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation.

The money will pay for continuous mental health support, and night and evening nursing clinical support, including four mental health workers, up to five nurses, two security staff, one communications person and an incident manager. A youth centre will also be set up. Read the rest of this entry