Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Manitoba First Nations fighting wave of child suicides

By Mary Agnes Welch, Winnipeg Free PressMay 19, 2009

WINNIPEG — Two Manitoba First Nations are struggling with a plague of child suicides, prompting alarmed community leaders to beg the federal government for help.

Three children have committed suicide in Pukatawagan, about 820 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, in recent months. Many more children in the remote community have tried unsuccessfully to kill themselves.

Manitoba's Children's Advocate, Billie Schibler, said two children from the chronically troubled Shamattawa First Nation, 740 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, have also taken their lives this year.
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