‘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
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
Money 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