Mental health resources needed for First Nations communities grieving from ‘collective trauma’ following Sask. attacks: expert – CTV

Sept. 8, 2022

A First Nation community is grappling with the realities of the tragedy that left 10 people dead and 18 others injured, following a three-day manhunt for the suspects involved in the Saskatchewan stabbing attacks.

Friends and family members in the James Smith Cree Nation are mourning together, with candlelight vigils and healing ceremonies, to remember the lives lost during Sunday’s attack on the First Nation community and neighbouring village of Weldon.

Community support along with mental health resources are essential in aiding all Indigenous peoples grieving from the attack, Renee Linklater from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) says.

Linklater is the senior director of the Shkaabe Makwa, CAMH’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis wellness centre. She spoke to CTV’s Your Morning Thursday, about the different mental health resources available for all Indigenous communities seeking healing after the attack.

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