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Four suicides in northern Ontario First Nations communities this week: spokesperson - Thunder Bay - CBC News

13.7.17

Four suicides in northern Ontario First Nations communities this week: spokesperson - Thunder Bay - CBC News: Health Canada said it's reached out to Pikangikum, Nibinamik and Fort Severn First Nations to offer its support.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and communities that are grieving as a result of these tragedies," Health Canada said in a statement Friday.

Local authorities are also sending in teams of support workers and clinicians to monitor communities who've lost members to suicide. They've also enlisted the help of the Canadian Rangers a military reserve unit that works in remote regions.

The Rangers, alongside volunteers, provide a 24 hour watch to try to locate people in distress. But according to First Nation officials, the support they have received from provincial and federal authorities isn't enough.


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