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Niki Ashton sends plea to federal government following rash of suicides on Pimicikamak Cree Nation


Niki Ashton, member of Parliament for Churchill — Keewatinook Aski, is calling on the federal government to invest in First Nations youth following a rash of suicides on Manitoba's Pimicikamak Cree Nation.

"We do have a new government and we've heard, certainly, pronouncements and interest in working with First Nations youth but I think it's important that we be honest: We haven't seen commitments in terms of funding or investment," she said.

Four teenagers have died by suicide in three months in the remote community. The youngest victim was a girl who will be buried on Sunday, which would have been her 15th birthday. The oldest was 18.


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