Why young people might think about suicide and some actions that can be taken are part of a report from the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth.
Corey O'Soup released the report today (Tues) in reaction to the crisis of 6 girls who died by suicide in northern Saskatchewan in October of 2016. In the report, northern Indigenous youth identified several factors that include bullying and cyberbullying, the lack of emotional support, the impact of substance misuse, and lack of physical safety. There are 5 Calls to Action. The first 3 deal with suicide prevention strategies for First Nations and Metis Youth, with both the provincial and federal governments working in partnership with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and Metis Nation-Saskatchewan. The 4th and 5th Calls to Action is for the provincial and federal government to fully implement Jordan's Principle. That means when there is a jurisdictional dispute regarding services between Canada, the province, or between government departments, the government department of first contact pays for the service and can seek reimbursement later from other departments to make sure the child isn't denied essential public services.