Saskatchewan child advocate suggests ways to prevent Indigenous youth suicides

LA RONGE, Sask.- Saskatchewan’s child and youth advocate has released a report into Indigenous youth suicides that is based on interviews with young people from northern communities. Corey O’Soup’s report was presented this morning at a high school in La Ronge and tabled in the Saskatchewan legislature this afternoon.O’Soup interviewed 264 young people in a dozen northern communities over the last year.His report says a way must be found to end bullying, increase emotional supports, deal with drugs and alcohol and to provide meaningful activities for youth. O’Soup wants the province to develop a suicide prevention strategy with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan.He also suggests the federal government must end inequity in health-care funding for Indigenous children.The suicide rate for First Nations boys…

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