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"A simplistic concept of suicide prevention for indigenous peoples, for Inuit, is one that we're not interested in."
It is not surprising that many Canadians are concerned about the dangers of the new assisted suicide and euthanasia bill, C-14. What is really not credible is how the word-benders who used the Charter "right to life" to legalize the intentional suicide or killing of some patients are now protesting that they have been cheated of total victory.
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More than 1,000 attempted suicide calls each year in Nunavut, a territory of just over 30,000 people.
The issue of suicide among aboriginal youth was thrust into the spotlight a week ago.
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The province will provide up to $2 million and a deployment of additional health-care workers.
"We have 10-year-old kids taking their lives. Something is terribly wrong."
A study made last summer by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy ranks aboriginal issues as the least important concern among Canadians. I was recently delayed at Union Station for four hours due to an Idle No More blockade. An attendant announced in a surly tone that the train had been stopped due to "une manifestation d'Indiens." Contrary to news reports, my fellow passengers weren't "taking it in stride." Many groaned but didn't speak; I wrote down some of the comments others shared about "the lazy Indians."
VANCOUVER - Dozens of children, mostly aboriginals, formed a suicide pact in a downtown Vancouver community earlier this year that prompted police to step in and have some of them hospitalized for the...