A Canadian First Nation Declared A State Of Emergency After 11 People Attempted Suicide In One Night
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the news out of Attawapiskat First Nation "heartbreaking."
An Indigenous community in Canada has declared a state of emergency due to a suicide crisis, with 11 people attempting suicide in a single night.
The remote First Nation is located in Northern Ontario and is home to about 2,000 people.
Shisheesh said the provincial government is sending emergency health care workers to the community.
Health Canada said it is also sending two counsellors as part of a crisis response team dispatched by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Shisheesh told the CBC that Attawapiskat's social workers are "burned out" and that the First Nation needs health care workers with specialized mental health training.
Local NDP MP Charlie Angus and Liberal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said they would be discussing the crisis on Monday.
During Question Period on Monday, Angus criticized the Liberal government for failing to include mental health funding for Indigenous children in the most recent federal budget.
Health Minister Jane Philpott responded by pointing to the $8.4 billion allocated to Indigenous peoples over the next four years.
"It is these funds that will actually restore hope to communities," she said.