Five More Suicide Attempts Made In Attawapiskat ‘Aboriginal Community In State Of Emergency’


Attawapiskat First Nation

Reuters, Apr. 16, 2016

Suicide attempts rise in Canada aboriginal community in crisis

Five children tried to take their own lives Friday evening in a Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 that has declared a state of emergency over repeated suicide attempts, its chief said.

Chief Bruce Shisheesh of the Attawapiskat First Nation in the province of Ontario confirmed the news in a brief telephone conversation on Saturday. It was not immediately clear how old the children are.

The remote northern community declared a state of emergency last Saturday after 11 of its members attempted suicide in one weekend and 28 tried to do so in March.

About a dozen teenagers in the community attempted suicide on Monday, after the declaration.

Regional and federal governments sent healthcare workers to the community in response to the state of emergency.

Canadian legislators held a special parliamentary session Tuesday night to address the suicide attempts, calling them “completely unacceptable” and vowing steps to keep them from happening again.

Canada’s 1.4 million aboriginals, who make up about 4 percent of the country’s population, have higher levels of poverty and a lower life expectancy than other Canadians and are more often victims of violent crime, addiction and incarceration.

Canada’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said in a statement on Friday she would visit the community.

Shisheesh tweeted hours later: “Busy night at the hospital … pray for Attawapiskat.”

(Reporting by Ethan Lou in Toronto; Editing by James Dalgleish) 

3 thoughts on “Five More Suicide Attempts Made In Attawapiskat ‘Aboriginal Community In State Of Emergency’

  1. Nicole Deyman

    Please someone hold healing circles for all of the generations!!! This circle needs to be a circle of truth trust and education the elders and older generation need to recognize what happened to our people in residential school they need to share their story’s and the younger generation need o understand that their older generation went threw colonization where the preiests ripped the children from their family and homes showing them neglect and no love and no care… It’s not their fault that they don’t know where to turn none was there for those children who are now grandparents great grandparent and sometimes parents…. Please please community’s have circles education circles tell of your story’s even if they hurt sometimes the children and the baby’s will show you that it’s a different time and although we don’t see that it’s there and it needs to be addressed no more of this government trying to cover it up with money!!! It needs o be spoken about …. Please older generation you were taught to keep it hidden but the younger generation needs to know they need to understand!! We need change !!! We need it fast!!


  2. Gayle

    Calling forth the four winds Oh Breath of God, Breathe upon this nation and bring winds of Hope and healing to your precious children…amen…


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