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Budget 2017 is all about strengthening the middle class, strengthening their access to services, but what gets lost in the numbers and system is that indigenous youth have the least access to these services and do receive equitable funding as compared to any other young Canadian.
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The First Nation waited 14 years for a school.
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?
Health Canada has yet to indicate when the workers will be on the ground.
"It is very unfortunate to say the situation of the suicide crisis is continuing."
"I just tell myself: 'She's out of town, she's at her appointment.' I still don't want to believe she's gone."
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More than 1,000 attempted suicide calls each year in Nunavut, a territory of just over 30,000 people.
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"The underlying causes, whether it's a lack if sense of hope or emotional pain they can't deal with — they're still there."
The issue of suicide among aboriginal youth was thrust into the spotlight a week ago.
The province will provide up to $2 million and a deployment of additional health-care workers.
"The greatest resource we have in this country is not the gold and it is not the oil."
"I wanted to give up on life. But now, I know that it shouldn't be that way. I'm slowly learning about life and taking it day by day."
"I've lost count of the states of emergency in the James Bay region."
The state of emergency was declared on Oct. 28, 2011, by Attawapiskat's new chief, Theresa Spence. I had known her through her work on council. She didn't strike me as a firebrand or overly political. She was worried that, as the arctic winter descended on the community, people in these makeshift quarters could die. Days turned into weeks, and the temperature kept dropping. Officials from the regional office of Aboriginal Affairs spoke with the community about advancing some money to repair some of the condemned houses, but there was no offer to help get the families out of the tents and shacks.