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Alberta: Dramatic rise in Maskwacis suicide rate creates ‘critical crisis’

"Death wish" graffiti in Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, near Edmonton, Alberta.  Photo: CBC News.

“Death wish” graffiti in Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, near Edmonton, Alberta. Photo: CBC News.

‘It’s beyond crisis. It’s an epidemic,’ says Cree culture and education teacher

By Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, CBC News, May 20, 2015

On the hilltop beside a tiny chapel, Rick Lightning gazes at the fresh grave of his 20-year-old daughter.

The youngest of 11 children, Amber Lightning died March 4, one in a series of suicides that has shaken the small Cree community about an hour’s drive south of Edmonton. Read the rest of this entry

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3 suicides in Maskwacis, Alta., in a week prompt calls for hotline

Theresia Boysis, a resident of Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, is pushing for a 24-hour suicide hotline for the central Alberta community after three women took their own lives last week. (CBC)

Theresia Boysis, a resident of Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, is pushing for a 24-hour suicide hotline for the central Alberta community after three women took their own lives last week. (CBC)

Central Alberta community, once known as Hobbema, reeling over deaths

CBC News, March 13, 2014

Some members of the First Nation community of Maskwacis say they will push for 24-hour suicide hotline following the suicides of three women last week.  Read the rest of this entry