Feds and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce $11-million investment in efforts to prevent suicide – National Observer

October 7th 2022

The federal government and national Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) announced a new investment on Oct. 6 to help prevent suicide among Inuit. The funding adds to ongoing work, including culturally specific first aid and a partnership with Kids Help Phone.

Currently, the rate of suicide for Inuit men and boys is 500 per 100,000 — 40 times greater than the non-Indigenous population, according to an article recently published in the journal Qualitative Research in Health.

Different regions are dealing with their own crises. In the Northwest Territories, which covers the majority of Inuvialuit, one of four land claim organizations for Inuit in Canada, 18 people have died by suicide this year, up from 11 deaths last year.

Effects of colonization have a direct impact on these higher suicide rates, according to the article, which was authored by experts from Canada and Australia. Some of the possible causes for higher suicide rates include intergenerational trauma, the changing nature of the economy in the North and the inequities faced within institutional structures.

Read More: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/10/07/news/feds-inuit-tapiriit-kanatami-11-million-investment-suicide-prevention

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