Call to Action: Justin Trudeau face the current realities of Indigenous Youth Suicides.
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The suicide epidemic that First Nations Communities face is reflective of the violence that the Canadian Government inflicts through policy and inaction and racist practices. The voters and citizens of this country demand that immediate action be taken to support these communities through this crisis with resources, support, sensitivity, and any other tools that may be necessary.
The time to address this is now! Protecting our children must be a priority and it needs an appropriate response that includes respect and a willingness to listen.
This is a Mental health crisis and a genocide that is being perpetrated through inaction and harmful policies and is not reflective of the Truth and Reconciliation Act that this Government promised to implement. Canada's history of violence against Indigenous people is well documented and apologies are not enough.
We submit that this Government has a duty to uphold their promises to the First Nations population and make Truth and Reconciliation a priority through action and not a theory. ---------
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- Prime Minister of Canada - Justin Trudeau
- Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs - The Honourable Carolyn Bennett
- Minister of Indigenous Services - Jane Philpott
- Minister David Zimmer
- Premier of Ontario - Kathleen Wynne
- Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness - Ralph Goodale
- Minister of Health Ontario - Dr. Eric Hoskins
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Premier Kathleen Wynne, your local MPP, etc)
I am writing this letter in regards to the suicide crisis that is currently affecting our First Nations youth and their communities across Canada. This situation is appalling and I am absolutely shocked that our elected officials are not taking this matter seriously and that we continue to lose young people at such alarming rates. At last check, this past week the number of youth suicides was 27, however, those numbers have since grown. Those are 27 lost lives too many!
I am unsure as to why this has not been deemed a priority by yourself and your colleagues. Can you please explain to me what your plan of action is? What is currently being done to address this epidemic by your office? Why is a strategic meeting been scheduled in September when it is obvious that this is an emergency now! Young people are dying and it is not only a loss of that person’s life but also has a huge impact on families, communities, and this country.
Dr. Cornelia Wieman was quoted as saying “between 2014-2015 1 billion dollars had been spent on healthcare and of those billion dollars, 41% went to Pharma and a meager 1.5% went to mental health.”
This is not acceptable and I for my part will not forget how this situation is handled when it comes time for elections. I would like to think that your office would feel a moral, legal and ethical obligation to these communities but so far, I am hugely disappointed. It is no secret that there is a lot of money behind Canada 150 celebrations and yet First Nations youth continue to live in third world conditions.
These First Nations youth deserve your support, compassion and a sense of obligation from you and all other forms of government. I look forward to hearing some answers from you. Suicide is genocide; inaction and disregarding this emergency is a contribution to that genocide.
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