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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

Attawapiskat declares state of emergency over spate of suicide attempts

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Among the 2,000 citizens of Attawapiskat on remote James Bay, 101 people have tried to kill themselves, with one person dying, since September, according to the First Nation’s chief. (CBC)

Chief Bruce Shisheesh desperate for mental health services after 11 attempts on Saturday night alone

By Kate Rutherford, CBC News, April 9, 2016

The chief and council for the Attawapiskat First Nation on remote James Bay have declared a state of emergency, saying they’re overwhelmed by the number of attempted suicides in the community.

On Saturday night alone, 11 people attempted to take their own lives, Chief Bruce Shisheesh said. Read the rest of this entry

Cry for help after four teens take their own lives on Manitoba First Nation

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An estimated 1,000 people from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake First Nation) attended a suicide prevention walk Thursday. (Facebook)

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

Quebec Innu suicide inquest: First Nations chief hoping for action

Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam, located in Quebec.

Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam, located in Quebec.

Uashat-Maliotenam has been site of several suicides and suicide attempts in past year

CBC News, Nov 9, 2015

A First Nations chief on Quebec’s North Shore says he’s hopeful a coroner’s inquest into the suicide of an 18-year-old Innu woman — the latest in a series of suicides in the community — will offer lessons to prevent further tragedies going forward.

Nadeige Guanish, the mother of a toddler, was found dead on Oct. 31 in Uashat-Maliotenam, near Sept-Îles, Que. Read the rest of this entry

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