JOLIBOIS RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT INSUFFICENT MENTAL‎ HEALTH SERVICES

Liberal government not doing enough for Indigenous youth in the North.

OTTAWA – Member of Parliament Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) stood in the House of Commons on Thursday to ask the Minister of Health Jane Philpott about the government’s lack of method to track denials, request and delays of counselling services for First Nations children. The Minister did not provide an adequate answer to the specific question.

 

“Mr. Speaker, a senior official at Health Canada admitted at committee that they have no method of tracking requests, delays, or denials when it comes to counselling for First Nation kids. This is a major concern.” said Jolibois.

 

The MP from Northern Saskatchewan highlighted that last month, there have been several suicide attempts in her riding alone, and six were successful.

 

“What is the government's plan for identifying the needs of indigenous youth? How can the health minister know what is needed without tracking this information?” asked Jolibois.

 

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Clip from  question period:https://youtu.be/KBExCTdEuA4