JOLIBOIS CALLS ON PRIME MINISTER TO TAKE ACTION IN WAKE OF SIXTH SUICIDE
November 1st, 2016 - 10:32am
OTTAWA – In the wake of a sixth suicide in Northern Saskatchewan in the span of three weeks, NDP MP Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) called on the Prime Minister to address the identified shortfalls for Indigenous Mental Health in Question Period in the House of Commons.
“On behalf of the NDP I’d like to extend our condolences to the families and communities going through this hard time” said Jolibois “This government needs to end the Band-Aid strategy and commit to a culturally appropriate long term approach to mental wellness, including maintaining languages and cultures.”
There is a mental health crisis faced by Indigenous youth, and the government’s response needs to equal the scope of this crisis. Instead this government has spent less on Indigenous mental health this year, than was spent last year under the Conservatives. The current government’s plan will only get half the number of mental wellness teams needed to reach every community, and continues to underfund child welfare agencies that are responsible for mental health services on the ground.
“Will this Prime Minister stand up and address the immediate needs for Indigenous Mental Health in the North,” asked Jolibois. “How much louder do our kids need to be?”
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