Thursday, May 21, 2009

Manitobans need to deal with aboriginal youths' sense of hopelessness

WINNIPEG — Manitobans need to work to address the entrenched sense of hopelessness that leads many aboriginal youth to suicide, a local researcher says.

Dr. Catherine Cook, executive director of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s aboriginal health programs, said many First Nations communities are isolated and lack proper health infrastructure to deal with youth suicide. Cook said youth feel hopeless, and there is often no support for them in their communities.

"If aboriginal youth don’t see any hope for the future, supports in their communities, how are they possibly going to achieve their dreams?" Cook said.

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