Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Chief Says Colonization to Blame in Rash of Girls' Suicides

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Chief Says Colonization to Blame in Rash of Girls' Suicides

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Colonization to blame for suicides:chief

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - About 200 people are meeting in northern Saskatchewan to discuss how to prevent suicides in indigenous communities.

The gathering, called "The Community is the Medicine," aims to equip indigenous youth and front-line workers with information to address suicide in their communities.

Grand Chief Ron Michel of the Prince Albert Grand Council says colonization played a role in the six suicides of young girls in First Nation communities this fall.

He says the government has tried to take to First Nations' language and culture away.

Michel said drugs and alcohol also play a role in indigenous suicides.

Clifford Ballantyne of Access Open Minds, an initiative that looks at the mental health of indigenous communities, says it's important that youth be empowered and given the tools to seek help. …

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