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Canada holds emergency debate on aboriginal suicide crisis

Published 13/04/2016 | 02:31

The crisis highlights the often bleak conditions for Canada's indigenous peoples
The crisis highlights the often bleak conditions for Canada's indigenous peoples

Canada's parliament has agreed to hold an emergency debate on a suicide crisis in a remote aboriginal community after 11 people, nine of them minors, attempted suicide over the weekend.

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More than a dozen youths were overheard making a suicide pact.

Charlie Angus, who represents the northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat, said they need to address the crisis.

Attawapiskat, population 2,000, declared a state of emergency on Saturday. There have been about 100 suicide attempts since September and at least one death.

Anna Betty Achneepineskum of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation said police took a nine-year-old and 12 others to hospital on Monday for an evaluation after hearing them make a suicide pact.

The crisis highlights the often bleak conditions for Canada's indigenous peoples.

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