Canadians, I ask you to care about Indigenous suicide – The Star

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 2019186 Views

Dec. 4, 2019

This is another article about Indigenous youth who are taking their own lives. It’s not an article that should be written, but it’s one that must be. It’s uncomfortable, it challenges the ideas of who we are as a country, who we think we are.

In my work I spend a lot of time speaking with Canadians, explaining challenges in Indigenous communities, why things are the way that they are, what reconciliation can mean and look like. I think, earnestly, that this might be working, that hearts and minds are changing, that things are getting better. I’ve heard this from those who’ve come before me too.

There is a great weight that I feel, to get this right. To reach a point where I can look at my people, and not see pain so plainly in the Indigenous day to day.

Last week, a 10-year-old girl from Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation chose to end her own life. She was one of three suicides in as many weeks. That is on top of an additional eight attempts, mostly by young people, who were hoping to take the same path.

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