First Nations community declares state of emergency over suicide rate
A remote First Nations community north of Winnipeg declared a state of emergency this Wednesday after reporting six suicides in the last two months and 140 attempts in the last two weeks.
The Pimicikamak Cree Nation, also known as Cross Lake, said they are in a crisis and that health care officials in the community are no longer able to cope with the issue.
The community has a population of just over 8000 and says they are traumatized by the events and need immediate help from the provincial and federal governments.
Acting Chief Shirley Robinson said the reserve has an 80 per cent unemployment rate.
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