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4/26/2017

article 'Suicide is not the answer': Nunavut teen's original song addresses territory's crisis
(Nunavut) -- It's the first song he ever produced. But instead of writing about young love or teen angst, Gordon Kaniak is delivering a positive message around...

4/20/2017

article Yurok Tribe sees successes in suicide prevention following crisis
(California) -- Nearly a year has passed since several Yurok tribal departments moved from their Weitchpec office to make room for a mobilization of social services to...

4/15/2017

article Gathering of Native Americans coming to Fort Belknap
(Montana) -- The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation’s Chemical Dependency Center will host a Gathering of Native Americans, or GONA, a three-day event geared toward...
article Indigenous suicide prevention in the Digital Age
(Australia) -- Aboriginal Australians are dying. Needlessly. We are losing three Aboriginal people a week to suicide, from a population that is just over half a million...

4/13/2017

article Suicide conversation opens doors to understanding and healing
(Montana) -- After recent suicides tragically hit the community hearts in the last several months the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department hosted a...

4/8/2017

article Native Youth Takes Own Life after “Girlfriend” Fakes Her Death on Social Media
(Michigan) -- A story that has garnered national headlines is a tragic one for an American Indian family in Michigan. Tysen Benz, an 11-year-old boy, added one more...

4/7/2017

article 'There's always a little light': Indigenous youth find hope in the face of suicide
(Manitoba) -- Every morning before 8 a.m., before 500 high school students arrive at Mikisew High School in Cross Lake, principal Anna McKay prays quietly alone in her...

4/6/2017

article I want to die so bad': Indigenous youth from Cross Lake, Man., document hope and despair
(Manitoba) -- Last winter, the remote northern Indigenous community of Cross Lake was hit by tragedy. Five young people killed themselves. In the weeks that followed,...

3/28/2017

article One bill to prevent suicide tabled; leaders promise alternative solution
(Montana) -- One of several bills to combat youth suicides was killed Tuesday, but legislative leaders from both parties promised to work on a more comprehensive...

3/25/2017

article First Nations say suicide crisis requires same response as natural disasters
(Ontario) -- A rash of suicides; a car crash that claims multiple members of the same family; the arrival of a new, highly addictive drug — First Nations in...

3/24/2017

article Undertaker buries his son as Aboriginal suicides continue in remote WA town
(Australia) -- The West Australian mining town of Leonora is a community in a constant state of mourning. In the past 18 months alone, six young Aboriginal people have...

3/13/2017

article Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls
(Canada) -- Suicide amongst young women is on the rise. When it comes to mental health, is gender the elephant in the room? In early 2016, five teenagers from Woodstock...

3/8/2017

article Pipelines, Politics, and Suicide
(North Dakota) -- Of all the depressing statistics that one could report about Native Americans—the highest rate of poverty of any racial group, the highest rates...

3/7/2017

article New tattoo symbolizes hope for people who are thinking of suicide
(Saskatchewan) -- After learning about a youth suicide epidemic in Northern Saskatchewan in recent months, one survivor is urging youth and community members to talk as...

3/5/2017

article The lost ones: Inside Brazil’s Indigenous suicide crisis
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s Indigenous people are taking their own lives at a rate 22 times that of their fellow citizens – and it is almost entirely adolescents...

2/18/2017

article Northern Ontario youth spread message of ‘Choose Life’ after suicide grips community
(Ontario) -- The tragic loss of Alyssa Nanokeesic, 11, devastated Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in northern Ontario last week.

2/17/2017

article Northern Ontario youth spread message of ‘Choose Life’ after suicide grips community
(Ontario) -- The tragic loss of Alyssa Nanokeesic, 11, devastated Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in northern Ontario last week. The community is working together as they...

2/16/2017

article Ontario First Nation 'reeling' after suicide of 11-year-old girl
(Ontario) -- The chief of a northern Ontario First Nation devastated by the suicide of an 11-year-old girl says Canada's healthcare system is designed "to...

2/12/2017

article Indigenous youth suicide a national issue, Alberta's child advocate says
(Alberta) -- Alberta must address the outstanding problem of young people dying from suicide especially in Indigenous communities, the province's child and youth...

2/9/2017

article Manitoba chief loses cousin to suicide while in Ottawa to discuss crisis
(Ottawa) -- A chief representing 30 Manitoba First Nations lost her own cousin to suicide Monday, a startling coincidence given she is in Ottawa this week to meet with...
article MKO Grand Chief calls on Ottawa to take action against suicide crisis on Manitoba First Nations
(Manitoba) -- A group representing 30 Manitoba First Nations is calling on the federal government to take action against high rates of suicide in Indigenous communities...
article Policy, governance issues getting in the way of suicide solutions witnesses tell parliamentary committee
(Ottawa) -- Sheila North Wilson wrapped up her formal presentation to the standing committee on Indigenous Affairs, put down her papers and told the MP’s that she...

2/5/2017

article Sexual abuse a root cause of indigenous suicide crisis: Aglukark
(Ottawa) -- Some nights, Susan Aglukark still wakes up drenched in sweat. It's been 42 years since the acclaimed Inuk singer endured sexual abuse, including being...

2/4/2017

article Canada's Indigenous Suicide Rate Linked to Apartheid System
(Ontario) -- A string of suicides in a small, First Nations community in northern Quebec is the result of the "apartheid system" governing Indigenous peoples...

2/3/2017

article 'Don't keep it all inside,' says First Nation youth at Saskatoon suicide prevention conference
(Saskatchewan) -- Seventeen-year-old Chasity Thomas says her First Nation of Pelican Lake, Sask., is not immune to the suicides plaguing northern and Indigenous...
article Chief calls for action after 30 recent suicide attempts in Black Lake
(Saskatchewan) -- Another First Nations chief is calling for swift action as the suicide crisis in northern Saskatchewan continues. Black Lake Chief Coreen Sayazie says...

1/30/2017

article Montana Lawmakers Work On Suicide Prevention Legislation
(Montana) -- During his State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock said that he "cannot tolerate that Montana leads the nation in youth suicide."...

1/29/2017

article There is a child suicide epidemic in Canada — why is it being ignored?
(Ontario) -- On Saturday at the Women’s March in Toronto, the mood was jubilant. There were dozens of causes and concerns represented — reproductive choice,...

1/27/2017

article Charity not the answer to First Nations suicide crisis, anti-poverty expert says
(Ontario) -- A private donor deserves credit for the generous gift that will fund a suicide prevention program in a northern Ontario First Nation, but the fact it was...

1/25/2017

article Anonymous donor pledges $380K for suicide prevention plan in Wapekeka First Nation after 2 girls die
(Thunder Bay) -- An anonymous donor is pledging $380,000 for a plan to prevent more young people from dying by suicide on Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario,...

1/22/2017

article Indigenous Suicide: Struggling Communities Will receive $10 Million Funding
(Australia) -- In order to prevent Indigenous suicides the Government begins to roll it out across Australia by giving a community based support service. Indigenous...

1/20/2017

article Feds ignored warnings of suicide threat before girls' deaths: First Nation
(Ontario) -- A remote northern Ontario First Nation where two young girls ended their lives last week warned the federal government in July about a developing “...
article Native Americans are hopeful new plan can reduce suicides
(Montana) -- Native Americans from across Montana told painful stories at a legislative hearing Friday about friends and relatives who have taken their own lives, but...
article Ontario chief suggests class action lawsuit to stop Indigenous youth suicides
(Thunder Bay) -- It's time for First Nations leaders to consider a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Indigenous young people who have...

1/19/2017

article Health Canada ignored warning of suicide pact from First Nation now grieving deaths of two girls
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario First Nation still suffering through the suicides of two young girls earlier this month says it alerted Health Canada to an uncovered...

1/16/2017

article 'Apartheid system' of reserves to blame for Innu suicides: Quebec coroner
(Montreal) -- Canada's "apartheid system" of reserves shares some of the blame for a string of suicides that devastated an Innu community on Quebec's...

1/15/2017

article Man jumps to his death at South Point in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The South Point was closed for several hours Sunday morning after a man jumped to his death from the parking garage. Las Vegas police responded to the...
article Report on Innu suicides hopes to shed light on causes
(Quebec) -- An upcoming coroner's report into the suicides of five members of the Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam on Quebec's North Shore could have...
article Five suicides in Quebec indigenous communities were avoidable: coroner's report
(Quebec) -- Five suicides that occurred in two indigenous communities in 2015 were avoidable, a Quebec coroner said Saturday in a report that compared Canada's...

1/14/2017

article Kenai Peninsula Tribes Receive Funding To Address Suicide, Substance Abuse
(Alaska) -- Suicide rates in Native communities often far exceed those of other demographics – especially among youth. The suicide rate for American Indian and...
article Quebec Coroner compares First Nation reserve system to apartheid in report on suicides
(Quebec) -- A Quebec coroner’s report on five suicides in two Innu communities in the province said a system similar to apartheid is at the root of the problems...

1/11/2017

article Two girls take their lives in northern Ontario community, four others flown out
(Ontario) -- The grand chief of 49 northern First Nations is calling for a national suicide strategy after the loss of two 12-year-old girls since Sunday. The small...
article Two youth suicides in Wapekeka prompt Grand Chief to call for emergency response
(Thunder Bay) -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is calling for a coordinated emergency response by federal and provincial health care and mental health...

1/10/2017

article Montana groups back pair of suicide prevention bills before House committee
(Montana) -- Two bills appropriating a total of $1 million to help prevent suicides in Montana drew widespread support at hearings Tuesday, with no one opposing them.

12/31/2016

article Dad says quit gambling for New Year after son's suicide over debts
(UK) -- A dad whose son hanged himself over his gambling debts has urged people who bet large amounts of money to give it up in the New Year.

12/22/2016

article Community at a crossroads: Fort Good Hope, N.W.T. heals together
(North Dakota) -- Aglow in the light from a Christmas tree, Kenny Shae Sr. is grappling with losing his 29-year-old son, Gregory. "I'm trying to wrap my head...

12/14/2016

article $1.4M to tribes for suicide prevention
(Arizona) -- The Indian Health Service announced an additional funding opportunity for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative — Generation...

12/6/2016

article Young woman from northern Sask. compelled to act after cousin took her own life
(Saskatoon) -- Shaylynn McAuley remembers a conversation that took place at the wake for her cousin, who was one of six young girls to take their own lives in northern...

12/5/2016

article Psychologist says northern Sask. suicides a result of colonization, not mental illness
(Saskatchewan) -- An expert who has worked in First Nations communities for years says a string of suicides in northern Saskatchewan won't be solved by outside...

12/2/2016

article 'It scares the crap out of me,' school counsellor worried not enough support for northern teen suicides
(Saskatoon) -- Barry Chalifoux says the province and Ottawa are not doing enough to help with the wave of teen suicides in northern Saskatchewan. Chalifoux is the...

11/29/2016

article Yurok Students Receive Mental Health Training as Tribe Works to Prevent More Youth Suicides
(California) -- Deep in the most remote reaches of the Yurok Reservation, half an hour past the nearest convenience store, near the dead end of State Route 169, a gravel...

11/28/2016

article Suicide Rates Plummet Among Members of Apache Tribe
(Arizona) -- Deaths by suicide among an Apache tribe in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period. The...

11/26/2016

article Community Prevention Plan Slashes Apache Tribe’s Suicide Rate
(Arizona) -- Suicide deaths among the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period...

11/25/2016

article Suicides in Labrador West: Grieving mother says her son faced inhumane treatment
(Labrador) -- The mother of a Labrador man who took his life recently is blaming what she calls inhumane and racist treatment from his co-workers at the iron ore mine in...

11/23/2016

article Suicide rates drop among members of White Mountain Apache tribe
(Arizona) -- Deaths by suicide among the White Mountain Apache in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period,...

11/19/2016

article Actors Duane Howard, Michelle Thrush to visit Attawapiskat youth
(Ontario) -- Two Canadian actors are travelling to Attawapiskat, Ont., next month to inspire youth and deliver gift-filled shoe boxes. Duane Howard, who played Elk Dog...
article Indigenous musicians raise awareness about high suicide rates
(British Columbia) -- A group of some of the biggest names in Canadian Indigenous music got together in Vancouver. They held a benefit to raise awareness about the high...
article Roseanne Supernault: Facing Suicide Head On
(Ontario) -- Unless you’ve both watched my performance “Blackstone” and attended my youth workshops where I talk about suicide and mental health issues...

11/18/2016

article Committee recommends $1M for suicide prevention
(Montana) -- A legislative committee Thursday agreed to offer bills during its 2017 session for a combined $1 million for two suicide programs, but balked at a third...

11/13/2016

article Plan to reduce Indigenous suicides finally acknowledges lack of evidence and need for hope
(Australia) -- Last week the government released the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project report, which gave recommendations to...

11/9/2016

article 'Quit ignoring the north': La Ronge families speak out during premier's visit
(Saskatchewan) -- Dave Larsen says he's relieved his daughter lived to raise her own children. Over the past several weeks, six girls between the ages of 10 and 14...
article Sask. Premier Brad Wall visits northern communities to address youth suicide crisis
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will travel to La Ronge, Sask., on Wednesday to address an alarming number of youth suicides that have left the...
article Issues in northern Sask. communities are layered, complex, says psychiatrist
(Saskatchewan) -- Northern communities need more than "parachuted" supports in the wake of a crisis, according to a consulting psychiatrist who visits La Ronge...

11/8/2016

article 'Our kids are crying out for help,' says Sask. chief
(Saskatoon) -- First Nations youth will gather in Prince Albert to find solutions to the recent wave of suicides plaguing northern Saskatchewan. At the Dec. 5 and 6...

11/5/2016

article Children's Advocate Corey O'Soup investigating suicides in northern Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan's new Advocate for Children and Youth just started his new job on Tuesday, but Corey O'Soup is already hard at work. O'Soup...

11/4/2016

article Vigil, card campaign rally behind northern Saskatchewan kids
(Saskatchewan) -- A vigil more than 250 people strong and a card-writing campaign are among the ways Saskatchewan residents are rallying behind northern communities that...

11/2/2016

article 'Discrimination and prejudice' leads to suicides in Ontario's remote north, chief says
(Ontario) -- A parliamentary motion today calling on the government to immediately invest $155 million in Indigenous child welfare comes too late for 16 young people who...
article Northern Sask. suicides top priority for new children's advocate
(Saskatchewan) -- Tackling what is being called a suicide crisis in northern Saskatchewan is the top priority of the province's new advocate for children and youth.
article First Nations woman died by suicide in back of police car, inquest hears
(Ontario) -- Cries of anguish filled the cavernous provincial building in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Tuesday morning as Mary Ann Shewaybick prepared to testify at the inquest...

10/28/2016

article 'We are the solution': Suicide, trauma not insurmountable on Fort Peck reservation
(Montana) -- Courage Crawford shared the story of his grandfather's life with several hundred people on Thursday to illustrate the hardships and resilience of life...
article Counsellor says more funding needed at Sask. First Nation after teen's suicide
(Saskatchewan) -- A school counsellor who works with at-risk youth in northern Saskatchewan says his community needs more funding for suicide prevention after a 13-year-...
article Hope, help and healing: National suicide prevention conference begins in Iqaluit
(North Canada) -- Imagine living in Ottawa and being forced to go to Mexico City for treatment, where the doctor speaks another language and doesn't understand your...

10/25/2016

article Amid suicide crisis, Nunavut MLA wants more traditional Inuit counselling
(Nunavut) -- The day after finding out a grandson had died by suicide, Isaac Shooyook, the MLA for Quttiktuq, rose in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly to call for the...

10/23/2016

article 'We Matter' videos speak to aboriginal youth in crisis
(British Columbia) -- Kelvin Redvers’s work to create a forum for speaking out about suicide among aboriginal youth started last summer when he visited the hamlet...

10/22/2016

article Deschambault Lake girl’s suicide latest in disturbing northern trend
(Canada) -- A tragic trend has reached Deschambault Lake with the suicide of a 10-year-old girl. The suicide, made public on Tuesday, marked the fourth reported suicide...

10/20/2016

article 'People should know': Sisters open up about 13-year-old brother's suicide in Fort Albany
(Ontario) -- Ashley Tomagatick and Lauren Rheault have many memories of laughing and dancing with their 13-year-old half-brother Garrett Tomagatick in the small northern...
article Parents questioning mental health services after rash of suicides in Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- There’s been another suicide in Northern Saskatchewan. Four young people now have taken their lives in the last two weeks.

10/18/2016

article 'This is a crisis': 4th girl takes own life in northern Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- CBC News has learned another girl in northern Saskatchewan has taken her own life. Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Ron Michel told the crowd at...

10/17/2016

article Bigger conversation about Indigenous suicides needs to happen: Recollet
(Sudbury) -- Data released by Statistics Canada states Indigenous young adults are more likely to have suicidal thoughts compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts....

10/16/2016

article People come together following loss of 3 girls in northern Sask.
(Canada) -- People are stepping up in northern Saskatchewan to make sure their community, the youth in particular, know they care after three young girls took their own...

10/15/2016

article Obama signs new law for Native American children
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama signed new legislation on Friday, Oct. 14, that aims to improve the lives of Native American children, the first bill Sen. Heidi...
article Northern Sask. communities in shock after 3 girls take own lives
(Saskatchewan) -- The northern Saskatchewan communities of La Ronge and Stanley Mission are in shock after three young girls took their own lives within four days. The...
article Spirit Lake Nation battles youth suicide
(North Dakota) -- In 2008, Spirit Lake Nation tribe member Cora Whiteman lost her teenaged daughter, Jami, 14, to suicide. As the Whitemans went through the traditional...

10/14/2016

article Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launch
(Washington D.C.) -- The Strong Hearts Native Helpline, the first crisis line for Native survivors of domestic and sexual violence, is set to launch on January 4, 2017.

9/28/2016

article Pikangikum First Nation suffering from 3 youth suicides
(Ontario) -- A 13 year-old girl, along with a young man and woman, both 18, recently committed suicide in the northern Ontario First Nation of Pikangikum, according to a...

9/26/2016

article 'Don't give up': Inuit youth hopeful about federal study on suicide
(North Canada) -- When Nina Ford began testifying on "the grueling effects of suicide" in Indigenous communities, she said it was impossible to explain to...

9/25/2016

article Fairbanks Native associations march for suicide prevention
(Alaska) -- Alaska has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and Alaska Natives suffer disproportionately in this grim epidemic. In 2014, the amount of Alaska...

9/17/2016

article Suicide Prevention Gathering Promotes Healing Among Native Youth And Communities
(Arizona) -- More than 40 Native youth and adults gathered last Saturday at the UNITY headquarters in Mesa, Arizona for a special evening that coincided with World...

9/14/2016

article Gazette opinion: What Montana must learn about depression
(Montana) -- We screen students for vision, hearing and spinal problems. Why not for depression? The Montana Suicide Mortality Review Team, composed of Montana health...

9/11/2016

article 'It was a definite statement ... that gambling can kill'
(New Zealand) -- The gruesome suicide of Peter Williams was a shocking reminder of the human cost of gambling - but experts say casinos do little to help the addicts who...

9/10/2016

article Today Is World Suicide Prevention Day: Remember Native Youth
(USA) -- Not only is September 10, 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day, the week of September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week. While nationally suicide does...
article Youth from Opaskwayak Cree Nation shine light on suicide epidemic in new documentary
(Manitoba) -- A new documentary created by youth from Opaskwayak Cree Nation is shining a light on the suicide epidemic in their home community.

9/8/2016

article BC’s mental health services failed First Nation youth who committed suicide: report
(British Columbia) -- A 16-year-old Indigenous youth who committed suicide in a forest was failed by British Columbia’s mental health services, says a new report...

9/7/2016

article Canada's 'public health crisis' of suicides needs funded prevention plan: CMAJ editorial
(Canada) -- Canada needs a national suicide prevention strategy with concerted federal funds, medical journal editors say. In 21 developed countries with government-led...

9/5/2016

article Lawmakers question Indian youth suicide prevention plan
(Montana) -- A group of state lawmakers continues to question whether having a contractor – without the input of tribal elders – form a strategic plan to...

9/2/2016

article Lawmakers question Indian youth suicide prevention plan
(Montana) -- A group of state lawmakers is still asking if having a contractor form a strategic plan to address the high rate of suicides among Montana’s American...

8/31/2016

article Panel reviews suicide strategic plan for American Indian youths
(Montana) -- The director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services on Wednesday discussed a plan on halting suicide among American Indian youths,...

8/15/2016

article In Canada's aboriginal suicide crisis, lesson on protective power of culture
(Canada) -- In her Twitter profile, Reina Foster glows in the foreground of a sunset, which illuminates the feather in her hair and the three beaded flower patterns...

7/28/2016

article Inuit-led suicide prevention strategy to focus on mental wellness, social equity
(Canada) -- A new strategy to prevent suicide among Canada's 60,000 Inuit was unveiled by Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in partnership with...

7/4/2016

article Indigenous parliamentarians brought unique perspective to assisted dying debate
(Canada) -- Despite the clamour from doctors, lawyers, religious groups and advocates for the disabled, the softer voices of Indigenous parliamentarians were...

6/27/2016

article Native teens living among suicide epidemic finding Hope
(Minnesota) -- Tragically, quietly, in the corners and unseen spaces of our nation, there is a suicide epidemic sweeping through Native American communities and...
article Pine Ridge Suicides Highlight Stresses on Native American Youth
(South Dakota) -- On May 29, family, friends and community members gathered at the Wounded Knee District School in Manderson, South Dakota, to unveil a headstone for...

6/9/2016

article Talking about suicide without proper supports can be dangerous, experts say
(Ontario) -- As people scramble to cope with a spate of suicides and suicide attempts in Woodstock, Ont., experts warn that simply opening up discussion is not an...
article Work with Inuit on suicide; don't prescribe solutions, ITK urges feds
(Ontario) -- Natan Obed, who represents Inuit from across Canada, says the quick and easy solutions offered by many Canadians just aren't enough to tackle to root...

6/8/2016

article The power of words: Can Indigenous languages reduce youth suicide rates?
(Canada) -- Last week, Justin Trudeau became the first sitting Prime Minister to be interviewed by an Aboriginal media network. It was a townhall hosted by APTN National...

6/2/2016

article Lakota Native American hopes to work with Māori youth
(New Zealand) -- William "Hawk" Birdshead, founder of the "Native American Suicide Prevention Organisation" hopes to work with youth in Māori...

5/29/2016

article 'We're taking this very seriously': Nunavik leaders on suicide crisis
(Montreal) -- In Quebec's Inuit territory of Nunavik, leaders have rejected calls to declare a state of emergency over a recent spate of self-inflicted deaths. In...
article Indigenous suicide prevention top priority following Liberal convention
(Winnipeg) -- Liberal delegates at the party's national convention in Winnipeg voted unanimously on Saturday to make the youth suicide crisis in Indigenous...

5/28/2016

article Indigenous suicide prevention top priority following Liberal convention
(Canada) -- Liberal delegates at the party's national convention in Winnipeg voted unanimously on Saturday to make the youth suicide crisis in Indigenous communities...

5/24/2016

article Inuk artist pleads for 'state of emergency' to deal with suicides
(Quebec) -- Beatrice Deer knows what it's like to feel depressed. She knows the pain of trauma. It's part of the reason she moved to Montreal almost nine years...

5/23/2016

article Chief Reports Six More Suicide Attempts in Devastated Canadian Attawapiskat Tribe
(Ontario) -- At least six more members have tried to take their lives in the past few days in a Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 that has declared a state of...

5/21/2016

article Labrador Inuit suicide rate 20 times non-Indigenous Newfoundland rate: study
(Newfoundland) -- Labrador suicide rates were 20 times higher for Inuit people and 14 times higher for Innu people compared to non-Indigenous rates in Newfoundland, says...

5/20/2016

article No need for state of emergency over northern suicides, Quebec says
(Quebec) -- Quebec's health ministry has issued a statement saying the suicide crisis in Nunavik does not fit the criteria to declare a state of emergency because...

5/19/2016

article Inuk artist pleads for 'state of emergency' to deal with suicides
(Montreal) -- Beatrice Deer knows what it's like to feel depressed. She knows the pain of trauma. It's part of the reason she moved to Montreal almost nine years...
article Labrador Inuit suicide rate 20 times non-Indigenous Newfoundland rate: study
(Canada) -- Labrador suicide rates were 20 times higher for Inuit people and 14 times higher for Innu people compared to non-Indigenous rates in Newfoundland, says a new...
article Lake St. Martin evacuee blames Winnipeg for suicides, addictions, depression
(Manitoba) -- Lillian Catcheway just wants to go home, but the life she knew in Lake St. Martin First Nation no longer exists. It was washed away by the flood of 2011...

5/17/2016

article Grassy Narrows First Nation set to declare state of emergency over suicides
(Ontario) -- Grassy Narrows First Nation is set to declare a state of emergency. The community in Ontario is on edge after a suicide attempt on the weekend.

5/16/2016

article How a troubled Nunavut teen escaped police custody and took his own life
(North Canada) -- After complaining for hours about a problem with the heat in his RCMP cell, Tommy Anguilianuk — a troubled young man with a history of suicidal...

5/15/2016

article Grant to help reservation schools respond to youth suicides
(South Dakota) -- A U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students grant of $107,631 will be used to hire additional counselors at Crazy Horse School...
article 'What's Left: Lives Touched by Suicide' features more than 40 Minnesota artists
(Minnesota) -- Suicide is often hard to talk about. But an art exhibit now on display at Red Lake Nation College is working to change that. "If you have a broken...

5/13/2016

article Pine Ridge gets third grant for suicide recovery efforts
(South Dakota) -- Crazy Horse School will become the third school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to receive federal funds to respond to a high number of student...

5/12/2016

article Oglala Brothers Creating Positive Change in Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Nate and Darrell Brown Bull made it out of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a place that regularly sits in the national spotlight for its poverty and...

5/7/2016

article Iqaluit suicide prevention summit compiles communities' best practices
(Nunavut) -- The recurring theme at the United For Life stakeholder summit for suicide prevention this week in Iqaluit was to focus on what's working in Nunavut...

5/6/2016

article Iqaluit suicide prevention summit compiles communities' best practices
(North Canada) -- The recurring theme at the United For Life stakeholder summit for suicide prevention this week in Iqaluit was to focus on what's working in Nunavut...

5/5/2016

article Survivors, leaders gather for suicide prevention summit in Iqaluit
(North Canada) -- "If I was king of the world, I would stop suicide." Joanasie Akumalik lost his son, Clyde, to suicide in 2013. Now he's one of the...

5/4/2016

article Survivors, leaders gather for suicide prevention summit in Iqaluit
(Canada) -- "If I was king of the world, I would stop suicide." Joanasie Akumalik lost his son, Clyde, to suicide in 2013. Now he's one of the organizers...

5/2/2016

article Renowned Inuit artist depicts Pangnirtung teen who took his own life
(North Canada) -- Students at Attagoyuk High School in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, have collaborated with renowned Inuit artist Elisapee Ishulutaq on a mural about a teenage...

5/1/2016

article Justice minister says government will get rid of the Indian Act ‘one community at a time’
(Canada) -- Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will work “one community at a time” to develop a “reconciliation framework.” That...
article Native Suicides: Intergenerational Trauma Erupts
(Canada) -- Douglas Quan, a reporter for the National Post in Toronto, recently described Aboriginal communities as being in "A state of perpetual mourning"...

4/28/2016

article BLOG: Racism At Core Of Native Teen Suicides In Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- At least 11 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have committed suicide in my county since December. The heartbreaking details vary from child to...

4/25/2016

article Alberta releases report into suicide deaths of 7 Indigenous youth
(Alberta) -- Victoria grew up in a home where she was abused and neglected, just as her mother had been. While still a child, Victoria was assaulted by the aunt who...
article Alberta report details 'heartbreaking' life stories of 7 Indigenous youths who committed suicide
(Alberta) -- In a report released Monday, Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate chronicled the short, troubled lives of seven Indigenous youth who committed suicide in...
article Suicides Continue to Plague Indian Country
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have made teen suicide prevention a major issue during their administration, but a...
article First Nations Métis artist who once thought of ending his life 'hopeful' of action on Indigenous suicides
(Edmonton) -- Aaron Paquette was only 19 when he walked out on the High Level Bridge and thought about jumping. "I felt disconnected and I felt hopeless, and I didn...

4/23/2016

article Traditional First Nations culture may help reduce teen suicides
(British Columbia) -- Suicide is something that has had an impact on nearly every member of the Seabird Island Band in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. When...
article Vancouver #OccupyINAC group vows to stay until demands met
(British Columbia) -- A group of women and children have been occupying the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Vancouver since Monday, April 18.
article A look at what’s happening with the Occupy INAC protests
(Ontario) -- About a week ago, Indigenous activists started occupying Indigenous Affairs offices in Toronto. They did it to bring awareness to the suicide crisis in...

4/22/2016

article Native American And White Women See Massive Increase In Suicide Rate, Government Study Says
(New York) -- Suicide rates in the U.S. have increased by 24% since 1999, with white and Native American women seeing the biggest increase, a new study from the U.S....
article Report shows dramatic increase in suicide rates in Indian Country
(USA) -- Indian Country has seen a dramatic increase in suicide rates in the last 15 years, according to data released on Friday. The suicide rate among American Indians...
article Suicide Strikes Canada's First Nation Tribes
(Ontario) -- The chief and the council of Canada’s Attawapiskat community declared a state of emergency in early April after a wave of suicide attempts forced...
article U.S. suicide rate rises, especially among middle-aged whites
(New York) -- Middle-aged white people now account for a third of all suicides in the U.S., a new government report shows. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading...
article The World’s Indigenous Suicide Crises, By The Numbers
(USA) -- A state of emergency was declared after 11 members of a single, remote community of Aboriginal Canadians tried to take their lives earlier this month.

4/20/2016

article Fence set up in front of Regina INAC office where protesters rally
(Saskatchewan) -- Ongoing protests in front of Regina's Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office on Albert Street have been followed by a physical barrier being...
article Traditional First Nations culture may help reduce teen suicides
(British Columbia) -- 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...

4/19/2016

article Canada's Inuit population also plagued by suicide epidemic: leader
(Ottawa) -- The leader of the country's national Inuit organization says his people are also dealing with devastating rates of suicide. The "heartbreaking...

4/18/2016

article Canada needs a national suicide prevention strategy – because they work
(North Canada) -- Ten days before she stood in the House of Commons to denounce the staggering suicide rates among First Nations and Inuit peoples, Health Minister Jane...
article For First Nations facing suicide crisis, the solution is rooted in the community
(Canada) -- From the other side of the country, Bill Joachim is watching the community of Attawapiskat, in northern Ontario, struggle to cope with a wave of suicide...

4/16/2016

article A Malala Fund Co-Founder Wants to Bring Attention to Native American Teen Suicide
(South Dakota) -- Have you ever watched the evening news, learned about a social injustice, and wondered how you could take action?

4/15/2016

article Eskasoni First Nations frustrated by suicide line funding lapse
(Nova Scotia) -- The pioneers behind a crisis line in a Cape Breton First Nation say it's frustrating to hear Ottawa MPs debating the latest outbreak of aboriginal...

4/14/2016

article Canada needs a multijurisdictional emergency management team to help indigenous communities in crisis.
(Canada) -- In February 1992, six Innu children were killed in a house fire in Davis Inlet, Newfoundland and Labrador. One year later, in January 1993, six Innu children...

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