Poverty, inequality fuelling suicide crisis, First Nations leader says
Two communities in crisis in two provinces serve as a stark reminder that suicide, especially among indigenous youth, remains an enormous problem across the country. But without first addressing poverty, the problem will continue, says a Manitoba First Nations leader.
"We're seeing evidence of despair and poverty in our communities," says Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. The organization represents northern First Nations in the province.
"The lack of opportunities and resources that are afforded to the rest of Canadians are not being afforded to our people."