No state of emergency on Alberta First Nation reeling from number of suicides – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on January 12, 2018197 Views

January 11, 2018

Maskwacis is reeling after several people died by suicide in the weeks leading up to the holiday season.

There have been eight deaths since late November, all of them between the ages of 15-32, according to some community members.

The epidemic appears to be continuing into the New Year with one suicide attempt taking place as of Jan. 8.

“It seems suicide plagues us,” said Samson Cree Nation band councillor Katherine Swampy in a Facebook message to APTN Investigates.

Samson Cree Nation is one of four communities that make up Maskwacis, located about 95 kilometres south of Edmonton, Alta.

In fact, in the time APTN Investigates communicated with Swampy on Jan. 8, she has since wrote her own sister had attempted suicide and was rushed to hospital.

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