by Martha Troian, APTN National News, Jan 11, 2018
Maskwacis is reeling after several people died by suicide in the weeks leading up to the holiday season.
There have been eight deaths since late November, all of them between the ages of 15-32, according to some community members. Read the rest of this entry
Alberta child advocate adds voice to concerns about ‘alarming’ suicide rate among aboriginal youth
By Gareth Hampshire, CBC News, Dec 3, 2015
First Nation leaders in Maskwacis say they are pleased there appears to be growing awareness at the provincial level about the shocking number of indigenous youths taking their own lives.
They were responding to a report released Tuesday by Alberta child and youth advocate Del Graff, which said that more than half the deaths or cases of serious injury under investigation by his office this year involved aboriginal youth who attempted or died by suicide. Read the rest of this entry
RCMP are investigating the death of a woman who, hours before being pronounced dead, had been in custody at the Maskwacis detachment.
RCMP said they had been investigating a case of domestic violence on July 19 when they took the woman, 35, into custody at about 11:00 p.m.
A few hours later, she was found unresponsive in a police cell.
‘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
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