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20.1.17

Canada's Indigenous call for national suicide strategy | News | Al Jazeera: Indigenous leaders in Canada are calling for a national strategy to combat a suicide crisis in their communities, after two 12-year-old girls committed suicide earlier this month.

Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario is "in a state of shock, grief, and crisis" after Jolynn Winter and Chantel Fox, both 12, died after committing suicide on Jan. 8 and 10, respectively.

Local leaders say they discovered that several youth in the fly-in, Oji-Cree community had entered into a "suicide pact" last year.

But they say the federal government turned down their request for additional health funding to prevent the suicides.


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