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No state of emergency on Alberta First Nation reeling from number of suicides

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Luwen Soosay died by suicide two days before Christmas. He was 22.

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

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Northern Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency on youth suicides

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Chantell Fox, 12, left, committed suicide on Jan. 10, two days after her friend Jolynn Winter, right. (Supplied photos)

Community says entire $380,000 promised by Health Canada to help pay for mental health workers has yet to arrive.

Wapekeka First Nation has declared a state of emergency after the suicide of 12-year-old Jenera Roundsky last week sent 35 kids into a mental health crisis and ignited fears that a suicide pact that gripped the community in January still exists. Read the rest of this entry

‘Apartheid system’ of reserves to blame for Innu suicides: Quebec coroner

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Kids walk down main street in Uashat-Maliotenam. Photo by Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

Report says 5 suicides in Uashat-Maliotenam in 2015 were avoidable

By Jonathan Montpetit, Marika Wheeler, CBC News, Jan 14, 2017

Canada’s “apartheid system” of reserves shares some of the blame for a string of suicides that devastated an Innu community on Quebec’s North Shore in 2015, a coroner’s inquest has found.

Coroner Bernard Lefrançois was tasked last year by the Quebec government with looking into the deaths of four women and one man over a nine-month period in Uashat-Maliotenam, an Innu reserve near Sept-Îles, Que. Read the rest of this entry

Regina solidarity camp reaches one month anniversary

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Photo: Eagle Feather News

The Colonialism No More Solidarity Camp officially began its occupation outside of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) offices in downtown Regina on Monday, April 18th.
The Camp, initially formed in solidarity with the Attawapiskat youth and the community’s declaration of a suicide crisis, operates solely on a volunteer basis for all day-to-day requirements. The Camp pushes for 3-4 occupiers to spend the night and calls on the community to bring meals and other essentials.
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Protesters claim victory after doors open at INAC office in Regina

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Tents outside the Regina offices of INAC, April 18, 2016. Photo: Adriana Christianson/CJME News

Group still camped in front of building demands government address health services on First Nations

The Canadian Press, April 29, 2016

Protesters camping outside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Regina are claiming victory after the doors to the federal office opened to the public for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Protester Robin Pitawanakwat said they just want the department to once again start serving the public they are paid to serve.

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Protesters at Regina’s INAC office say they won’t leave until their demands are met

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Participants in Regina INAC protest, April 23, 2016. Facebook/ Colonialism No More – Solidarity Camp Regina)

People are camped out in front of Regina’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office

By Madeline Kotzer, CBC News, April 25, 2016

Seven days after first pitching their tents, people remain camped out in front of Regina’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office.

Signs, fastened to the sides of tents along Albert Street, read “standing strong together” and “honk support change for First Nations”.  Read the rest of this entry

#Occupy INAC Vancouver ends occupation

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Children participating in Vancouver occupation of INAC offices, April 19, 2016.

Through their determination, courage and commitment the Council of Mothers have secured a meeting with both Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett and also Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly to discuss their demands.

They are ending their occupation on Saturday April 23, 2016 at INAC. If anyone has supplies at INAC they need to pick up please do so today from 5-9 pm.

Please see and share the press release and statement below and be sure to share and attend the victory press conference and rally on Monday April 25th at 10:30 am. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/879500925505405/

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Toronto protest ends, INAC offices still occupied in Winnipeg, Vancouver

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April 21, 2016 For the first time in nine days, people from a group called #OccupyINAC emerge from Toronto’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs office. (Sakura Saunders/Twitter)

#OccupyINAC protests ‘same energy’ as Idle No More, says Cree lawyer who was key figure in movement

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, April 21, 2016

On Thursday, demonstrators left the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, nine days after they took it over and sparked a protest that has spread across the country.

“The time has come for us to go back to our families and loved ones, and to come out and thank our supporters. Without you, this week of awareness that has spread across the land may never have happened,” read a statement from a group called #OccupyINAC, who say they were directed to leave by youth from Attawapiskat. Read the rest of this entry

Toronto #Occupy INAC ends occupation

Traditional First Nations culture may help reduce teen suicides

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Summer Kelly, 15, lost her older brother to suicide last year. Now she’s taking part in a pilot project to connect Seabird Island teens to the community’s traditional culture to build a sense of identity and place. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Pilot project underway in Fraser Valley’s Seabird Island community

By Rafferty Baker, CBC News, April 19, 2016

Suicide is something that has had an impact on nearly every member of the Seabird Island Band in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. When someone in the tight-knit community takes their life, it hits close to home for everyone.

Summer Kelly, 15, lost her older brother to suicide in Feb. 2015. He was 17 years old. Kelly said it was devastating, and a total surprise. She said things might have worked out differently had she and the family known what her brother was going through.  Read the rest of this entry