Suicide Crisis Continues in Indigenous Communities

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Tanya Talaga
The Star

Mike Metatawabin was the lead commissioner in the 2016 Mushkegowuk Council of Cree Nations's investigation of the suicide epidemic in the James Bay First Nations communities from Moose Cree to Attawapiskat to Fort Albany. Mike discovered the devastation of assaults committed by Ralph Rowe, an Anglican priest, who served in 20 different communities. His crimes affected a generation of men and can be connected to seven suicides of girls four decades later. It is estimated that Indigenous youth take their own lives at a rate between five and 20 times higher than that of non-Indigenous youth.

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