A year after declaring state of emergency, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation continues push for healing lodge – CBC

Oct 04, 2021

Manitoba First Nation called for mental health workers, healing lodge after 4 deaths by suicide last year

Nearly a year after declaring a state of emergency, the chief of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation says the southwestern Manitoba community is still in need of long-term mental health solutions.

On Oct. 10, 2020, Chief Jennifer Bone called on Indigenous Services Canada for funding to hire four more mental health workers and build a healing lodge in the community, after four community members died by suicide in the weeks prior.

At the time, Indigenous Services said $141,000 would be provided for the community for mental health support — but Bone says that was funding promised before the emergency was declared.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/sioux-valley-dakota-year-after-suicide-crisis-1.6196850

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