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Manitoba chief loses cousin to suicide while in Ottawa to discuss crisis

 

February 10, 2017



A chief representing 30 Manitoba First Nations lost her own cousin to suicide Monday, a startling coincidence given she is in Ottawa this week to meet with senior government officials about the mental health crisis in northern and remote Indigenous communities.

Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), told the Indigenous Affairs committee Thursday that her cousin, Gabe Weenusk, took his own life at the same time she was meeting with Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett about health care gaps.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/manitoba-chief-suicide-crisis-cousin-1.3973890

 

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