Suicides in Uashat: Trudeau First Nations summit to take action

chef-assemblee-premieres-nations-quebecThe board Takuaikan Innu Uashat mak Mani-Utenam responded Monday morning to trigger a coroner’s inquest in connection with the death of Nadeige Guanish, a young Innu 18 who took his own life on October 31.

This is the fifth suicide to occur in 2015, the worst year since 1994, in the community of some 4,000 souls.

The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Ghislain Picard, has moved to support the community leader, Mike McKenzie and support to bereaved families.

Another investigation requested

The leaders summon the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to move from words to action and to initiate a public inquiry into the numerous cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.

Mr. Picard also claims that the national investigation be expanded to ask a look at the relationship between the judicial and First Nations peoples.

The leaders also reiterated that Quebec launches a provincial inquiry into the relationship between Aboriginal and police services in the wake of the revelations of the survey show that highlighted the alleged cases of sexual and physical abuse at the place of First Nations women in Val-d’Or by police officers of the Surete du Quebec.

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