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First Nations say the solution to the suicide crisis lies with them – and long-term funding from Ottawa – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on July 17, 201778 Views

Jul. 16, 2017

They have dismantled part of the outdoor rink on the Wapekeka First Nation.

While other Canadian kids go to their arenas to play hockey or chase each other around the ice, the children of the tiny fly-in community north of Thunder Bay look at their rink and think about the suicide of a friend.

On June 13, 12-year-old Jenera Roundsky hanged herself in one of the warming huts.

Her death followed that of two other girls the same age who killed themselves in January elsewhere on the reserve and set in motion a suicide watch of Wapekeka’s young people that continues to this day.

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