As darkness falls over Ontario First Nation, volunteer Ranger patrols come face to face with suicide crisis – National Post

For the past week, members of the Canadian Rangers have been patrolling the isolated Wapekeka First Nation community at night in response to a suicide crisis.

As darkness falls over the Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario, the flood lamps go on at the outdoor rink — not because a game is about to be played, but to bathe the nearby woods with a bit of light in the hope it will deter young people who might be thinking about sneaking in to harm themselves.

About the same time, small teams of uniformed Canadian Rangers — a sub-group of the Canadian Armed Forces reserve that serves northern and isolated communities — fan out across the fly-in village carrying flashlights and radios, ready to assist if a report comes in about a suicidal youth.

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