Results of First Nation suicide study show need for improvement, offer hope for change – paNOW

Nov 1, 2022

Chief Margaret Bear of the Ochapowace First Nation remembers sitting in the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ previous building three years ago, filled with emotion and sharing much of the plight her community is facing today.

“I expressed some tears,” Bear said of that day.

The heavy emotions came then as a result of a rash of suicides on the Ochapowace First Nation, Bear said. She remembered David Pratt, now first vice chief of the FSIN, putting a calming hand on her shoulder as he stood behind her.

Reliving the emotion of that day on Monday was important for Bear. Gathered alongside Pratt, Chief Ronald Mitsuing, Headwoman Audrey Isaac and Health Quality Council CEO Tracey Sherin, Bear said her community, like other First Nations in the province, are still in distress over suicide.

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