Sioux Lookout council seeks help to deal with mental-health crisis –

Viral video of teen girl being forcefully arrested sparks call for all levels of government to the impacts of social, mental health and addictions, and homelessness issues facing the Northern Ontario community.

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. – Town council in Sioux Lookout are pleading with senior levels of government, along with the municipality and First Nations leadership, to address what they’ve termed a crisis in mental health, addictions and homelessness in the Northern Ontario community.

The call to action came in the wake of a widely publicized arrest of an Indigenous girl by the Ontario Provincial Police, a witness who filmed the arrest telling the Sioux Lookout Bulletin that she’d never seen that type of force used against a teenager.

In a release issued on Monday, council said the community has had a long history of relations with Indigenous peoples and that the arrest could create a focal point for positive change.

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