NDP’S JOLIBOIS CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY IMPROVE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN LA LOCHE

OTTAWA — Nine months after the tragic incidents in La Loche, NDP MP Georgina Jolibois is once again calling on the Minister of Health, Jane Philpott and her Liberal government, to improve access and funding to mental health services for La Loche.

“In Northern Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis young people and their families are struggling to find the help and support they need to address mental health issues,” said Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River). “The Prime Minister committed to being there for the community of La Loche. Yet, his Minister hasn’t improved access or funding for mental health services that is so desperately needed in La Loche.”

In a follow-up letter to the Minister, Jolibois again raised concerns about the challenges faced by her constituents, as well as described the alarming suicide crisis affecting First Nations and Métis youth. Jolibois is calling on the Minister and her government for immediate action and investment in mental health services for La Loche.

“The government committed to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations. Part of reconciliation is addressing the health services gaps that exist on reserves and in remote communities,” wrote Jolibois in her letter. “The Liberals missed their opportunity to tackle inequality and backtracked on key commitments to First Nations and Métis youth in the spring. Young people in La Loche have already waited nine months and they cannot wait any longer, they need action now.”

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