Suicide crisis teams in northern Manitoba at their limit –

OTTAWA — Northern Manitoba suicide-crisis teams are overloaded, according to the region’s First Nations chief, who claims the premier’s stand-off on health funding is delaying federal dollars for Indigenous mental health.

“We’re actually finding that we’re stretched to the limit,” said Sheila North Wilson, chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents 30 First Nations in the province’s north.

In Ottawa on Monday, an Ontario group similar to the MKO, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, signed an agreement with Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and the Ontario government.

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