Canadian Tribe in Crisis Reports Five More Children Attempted Suicide

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Source:   —  April 17, 2016, at 1:18 AM

Chief Bruce Shisheesh of the Attawapiskat First Nation in the province of Ontario confirmed the news in a brief phone conversation on Saturday.

Canadian Tribe in Crisis Reports Five More Children Attempted Suicide

TORONTO — Five children tried to get their own lives Friday evening in a Canadian aboriginal community of 2.000 that's declared a state of emergency over repeated suicide attempts, its chief said.

Chief Bruce Shisheesh of the Attawapiskat First Nation in the province of Ontario confirmed the news in a brief phone conversation on Saturday. It wasn't immediately clear how elderly the children are.

The remote northern community declared a state of emergency latest Saturday after eleven of its members attempted suicide in one weekend and twenty-eight tried to do so in March.

There have been more than one hundred suicide attempts and one death since Sept among the 2.000 residents of Attawapiskat, which is located in a remote portion of Ontario on Hudson Bay, according to the CBC.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dispatched teams of doctors and mental health workers to northern Ontario earlier this week to address the issue, while the Canadian parliament held an emergency debate aimed at reversing the growing crisis.

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