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ITK President Terry Audla on Nunavut’s Chief Coroner’s Inquest into Suicide

Statement: January 17, 2014

“It is important and welcome news that the Chief Coroner of Nunavut has decided to call a special inquest into the rising number of suicides among Inuit – particularly Inuit youth.

“Recent statistics show that the rate of suicide among Inuit in Nunavut is more than 13 times higher than the national average; these numbers are alarming and unacceptable. Inuit have not historically been a people so affected by suicide and I believe our future can be better.

“We have been and continue to be in desperate need of improved mental health programs and services including capital infrastructure across the Inuit Regions — this is needed to create the conditions for wellness in Inuit communities.

“Work that is ongoing, such as the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy and the development of ITK’s National Strategy, will help guide us as we move forward. We all have a role in suicide prevention: the government, health care professionals, friends, family members and the community. “My thoughts and prayers remain with the families and communities affected by this crisis.”

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