Commons committee issues indigenous suicide study with 28 recommendations

Published on June 19, 2017

OTTAWA — A House of Commons committee has released a unanimous report on indigenous suicide that says the federal government should support indigenous communities to ensure they have resources available after hours and on weekends.

That is one of the 28 recommendations the all-party committee presented today.

MPs on the indigenous affairs committee spoke outside of the House of Commons about their findings — work that flowed from a 2016 motion to examine and report on suicide among indigenous people and communities across the country.

During its study, the committee heard from over 50 indigenous youth representatives, First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders, academics and health organizations.

MPs on the committee say the witnesses, including many young people, shared difficult personal stories of suicide, while they also expressed hope that mental health issues can be addressed.

The committee report says witnesses also said intergenerational trauma is a factor in the suicide crisis.


The Canadian Press