Most recent victim will be buried Sunday on what would’ve been her 15th birthday
By Karen Pauls, CBC News, March 04, 2016
Young people on the Pimicikamak Cree Nation are crying out for help after four teenagers killed themselves in less than three months.
“There’s so much of it happening,” said Amber Muskego, 17, who was close friends with some of the young people who have died since just before Christmas. Read the rest of this entry
‘Gracie’ Daniels, 16, was in CFS care when she died in correctional centre Oct. 2, 2013
CBC News, Oct 7, 2015
The family of a troubled girl who was under the care of Child and Family Services when she hanged herself from a ceiling vent at the Brandon Correctional Centre is suing the province and Dakota Ojibway CFS.
Roberta Grace Daniels, who was Gracie to her family, was 16 when she died Oct. 2, 2013.
An inquest in her death, mandated when a person in custody dies, was ordered in August 2014. Read the rest of this entry
‘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
By Victoria Ptashnick, Metro News, Jan 4, 2014
WINNIPEG—Diane Sinclair often has the same nightmare.
In her home at Lake St. Martin First Nation reserve, there is water everywhere. It flows through the cracks of her family’s trailer and washes out the old dirt roads and hunting trails around it.
The water winds through a graveyard where she buried her 20-year-old daughter, Alexis, in the prettiest white dress she could find. 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
Cowichan Chief says sense of hopelessness leads to suicides, alerts
A pervasive sense of helplessness among a Vancouver Island first nation has spawned suicides and attempted suicides, says the chief of the Cowichan Tribes.
Since January, four people have killed themselves and another 52 so-called suicide alerts have been issued in the community. Read the rest of this entry