Ottawa funding mental health services for Saskatchewan Indigenous youth

SASKATOON – The federal government is committing $2.5 million over the next two years to support mental-health services and suicide prevention programs for Indigenous youth in Saskatchewan. Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations made the announcement in Saskatoon. A number of young people in several Indigenous communities in the province have taken their own lives in recent months. The Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation at Loon Lake, for one, has raised concerns about what it has called “cluster suicides” _ three deaths over three weeks, including that of a 10-year-old girl. While in Saskatchewan, Miller met with Makwa Chief Ronald Mitsuing and members of the community, about 360 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. Chief Louis Mercredi of the Fond du Lac…

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