Canadian Rangers Assisting in Wapekeka Suicide Crisis – NetNewsLedger

28 June 2017

WAPEKEKA FIRST NATION – In an unprecedented move, the Canadian Army has sent Canadian Rangers to a small, isolated First Nation in Northern Ontario to provide help in a suicide crisis.

“This is an immediate response to a crisis situation,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Richardson, commanding officer of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which commands the Canadian Rangers, who are part-time reservists, in the Far North of Ontario.

“We aren’t counsellors. This isn’t a mental health response,” he said.

“We are there as a stop gap for the other government agencies to develop their response to the critical situation. We’re hoping to buy some time so other agencies can get there to help before there is another death.”

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