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MPs debate suicide crisis in Attawapiskat

Federal representatives from across the country took part in an emergency debate to discuss the suicide crisis in Attawapiskat.  The debate, which was requested by Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, saw MPs discussing different long-term solutions. Angus opened the debate with comments on a culture of deniability, and how to move forward.

The debate allowed MP’s to discuss the multiple issues facing First Nations across the country and Angus said by coming together, the government can change what he calls 150 years of systemic discrimination and racist denial.  Angus says a big part of the solution is going to come from talking with young people in First Nation communities.  Angus read several letters from young Aboriginal people affected by third world living conditions in the remote First Nation community.

He says kids are willing to help, but the government needs to lead the way.  Angus says the government has to close the gap on child welfare, healthcare dollars, and the lack of services.   Among the long-term solutions pitched during the debate are putting resources like a mobile crisis unit into the communities.

by Taylor Ablett


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