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by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201713 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Dec 6, 2017 

LA RONGE, Sask. – A report about suicide among Indigenous youth in northern Saskatchewan says they feel bullied, sad and alone.

In October 2016, six girls between the ages of 11 and 14 committed suicide.

The suicide rate for First Nations boys between the ages of 10 and 19 in Saskatchewan is six time higher than for non-Indigenous boys, while the rate for girls is 26 times higher.

Corey O’Soup, the province’s child and youth advocate, says a way must be found to end bullying.

He says there should also be increase supports for young people who are physically or emotionally abused and to deal with drug and alcohol abuse.

The report calls on the province to develop a suicide prevention strategy and suggests Ottawa must end inequity in health-care funding for Indigenous children.

O’Soup based his report on interviews with 264 young people as well as elders and parents of suicide victims.

The Saskatchewan government says it accepts the report’s findings.

(The Canadian Press)

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