NAN Grand Chief Calling For Help To Address Recent Suicides

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 15:01 PM

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is calling for a coordinated emergency response by federal and provincial health care and mental health agencies for Wapakeka First Nation, north of Sioux Lookout.

The demand is being made by Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, following the tragic loss of two 12-year-old girls to suicide since the weekend.

A team of crisis workers is currently in the community and more are scheduled to arrive over the next few days.

Fiddler says the First Nation is doing everything possible to ensure the necessary support is in place, however stresses all levels of government must support efforts to assist youth and grieiving families, and help leadership stabilize the community.

Fiddler stresses youth suicide is a NAN-wide crisis and a national disgrace.