Here's What Young People In Attawapiskat Say They Need To Fight The Suicide Crisis

Young people in the remote Northern Ontario community came together to brainstorm.

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The problem is even more prevalent among youth in the Indigenous community.

The Youth presenting at the Feast after they arrived home in Attawapiskat- spoke about the pain and struggles...

"We were all hanging out in the gym and we were brainstorming with ideas of what we have and what we need," 16-year-old Rebecca-lynn Hookimaw told BuzzFeed Canada. "We all worked together."

Rebecca-lynn Hookimaw / Via Facebook

Hookimaw — whose sister died of suicide in the fall — posted photos of the brainstorming session on a community Facebook page.

The youth also listed the people and organizations they can reach out to, such as family, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and De Beers, which has a diamond mine less than 100 kilometres away.

Rebecca-lynn Hookimaw / Via Facebook

"Can I please add one? Your fellow Canadians ❤️," another Facebook user responded.

Hookimaw said she wondered while brainstorming whether things would improve. "Is this really going to happen?" she thought. "Are they going to listen to us?"

Meanwhile, politicians in Ottawa participated in an emergency debate in the House of Commons Tuesday evening on the suicide crisis.

The federal and provincial governments have already sent emergency health care workers to Attawapiskat in response to the situation.

Emma Loop is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Emma Loop at emma.loop@buzzfeed.com.

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