QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU
MOOSONEE, Ont.–The children's aid society in Moosonee on the shores of James Bay is swamped by a teen suicide epidemic and it's penniless.
Money has always been a problem for children's aid societies serving First Nations communities, which face higher costs in remote areas of northern Ontario.
At Payukotayno, the executive director Ernest Beck issued pink slips to all 120 employees including himself, effective this week, as the agency struggled under a $2.3 million debt load that meant it could no longer afford to meet its payroll.
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