Wapekeka plea for help as suicide of child renews fears of death pact – Toronto Star

Northern First Nation band declares state of emergency over mental health crisis

Wapekeka First Nation has declared a state of emergency after the suicide of 12-year-old Jenera Roundsky last week sent 35 kids into a mental health crisis and ignited fears that a suicide pact that gripped the community in January still exists. Wapekeka band manager Joshua Frogg said “this is a very high number for a small community like ours,” Frogg said of the community of 400 Oji-Cree about 400 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout, Ont.

“Our people are getting tired. So now little kids, 10-, 11-, 12-year-olds are helping our people as first responders and this is not acceptable. They are the ones at risk.

“We need help, boots on the ground, people properly trained to assess and determine and help as needed — we don’t need 11- and 12-year-olds on the front lines trying to save their friends, that adds trauma,” Frogg said.

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