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First Nations losing 'babies' to suicide, chief says after 10-year-old dies


First Nations in northern Ontario are calling for emergency relief after several young people, including a 10-year-old girl, died by suicide in recent weeks.

The Northwest Local Health Integration Network report from 2010 showed the suicide rate for some First Nations in the area is 50 times the Canadian average for children under 15 years old.

A meeting of chiefs from the 49 First Nations that make up the Nishnawbe Aski Nation began this week in Thunder Bay, Ont., with prayers for the families of five youth who have died by suicide since December.


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