LA RONGE, Sask. — Premier Brad Wall says supporting families and communities is key to preventing youth suicides in northern Saskatchewan.
He visited La Ronge on Wednesday meet with area leaders in response to six young girls who recently took their own lives in several northern communities.
Wall said the community leaders talked about long-term plan for northern communities.
He says he supports a proposal from Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook Searson for an addictions and mental health centre in La Ronge.
Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations has said some of the recent suicides involving girls between 10 and 14 were related to drug use; four of the girls were from the Lac La Ronge Indian band.
Wall says the government will continue to work with local leaders to determine what other supports need to be put in place and what the funding for those supports looks like.
"We have to ask what supports do families need here, and communities need ... what supports do they need that are not currently here so we can never have this happen again."
Cameron was pleased with how the meeting went.
"No matter what level of government we are, whether we're First Nation or non First Nation governments, we are committed to working together to improve the quality of lives of our children, our grandchildren and the yet unborn. It's about laying that foundation for those youth and that's what we're committed to doing.
"We're really pleased with what happened today."