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Mental health services are "at best probably minimal and at worst non-existent."
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Justin Trudeau called the suicide a tragedy.
The first comprehensive study to analyze the effect of high food prices in northern Ontario communities suggests First Nations people living in remote northern Ontario communities need to spend more than half their income on food to meet basic nutritional needs.
Feeding a family is more than twice as expensive in Attawapiskat than in Toronto.
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The toxic headlines, the comment sections, the conversations with "helpful" strangers; how does a young indigenous youth process and proceed? It's hard enough just being a "native teen." When you're locked down in "Indian" designation, you have to cope with the confusion, fear, anger and anguish that you are exposed to every day.
A First Nations police force, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), who serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities is voting to strike because they do not have access to the basics that law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.
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Now is the time. The political and legal ducks are aligned. There is a friendly government. But we need your solutions. As a government we are not going to impose solutions. With your leadership we can and will make enormous progress for all of us. There is no need to refight battles that have already been won. Limited resources, time and energy have to be expended on building - not fighting. On creating - not destroying.
Indigenous MPs and senators played a central role in securing passage of the new law.
Last month, I wrote about my frustration with how slowly Canada is moving toward reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. I despaired about the bad news coming out of reservations, the streets, the jails, our women and girls, the youth suicides... and wondered if we were ever going to move from pretty words to action.
Trudeau made the announcement after meeting with aboriginal youth.
"They should leave the reserves without a decent education?"
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"I don't think you could deny that our country has an issue with racism."
I contend that the decades of poverty, the murder of more than 1,000 women, the many youth suicides, and the general degradation of a race of people deserve equal attention to the aid and love being bestowed on Fort McMurray. Why is one crisis receiving massive support while another is getting little attention?
"Not only did the last school [not] close down until 1996, but the damage inflicted poisoned our stream of thought for generations to come."