Covert genocide’: Province gets a ‘D’ on suicide prevention – Yorkton This Week

July 26, 2020

Métis fiddler Tristen Durocher has passed the halfway mark on his walk from La Ronge to Regina to press for a legislated suicide prevention strategy. He intends to fast in front of the legislature building until something is done about it.

The walk is in protest of the province’s failure to adopt an Opposition bill to address suicide prevention by Cumberland NDP MLA Doyle Vermette this spring.

Durocher called the province “criminally negligent” for not working on a legislative solution to a problem that “should be bipartisan.”

“It’s a violation of their fiduciary responsibility to the residents of this province to provide mental health services,” Durocher said.

“The tragic loss of a person by suicide is felt not only by family and friends, but by the entire community. We want to assure the public that suicide prevention is a priority for the government of Saskatchewan,” government spokesperson Matthew Glover told Canada’s National Observer.

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