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Special Report – Unsafe harbour: Parents weigh school versus safety in Thunder Bay – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201798 Views

Indigenous families increasingly afraid for safety of children who must head south for high school

In remote communities throughout northwestern Ontario, Indigenous families are afraid for their children.

For many communities in the North, the reality for young people is that moving far from home is often their only way to get a high school education. But sending students to the city takes them out of the supporting sphere of their own family and community at an age when they can be particularly vulnerable to pressures ranging from alcohol and drugs, to depression, to racism.

Since 2000, nine young people have died in Thunder Bay, most while attending high school away from their home communities. Several of these deaths are still unsolved.

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