The chief of the remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat says health-care workers are “overwhelmed” after 11 people in the community of roughly 2,000 attempted to take their own lives on Saturday.
The remote northern Ontario first nation of Attawapiskat has declared a state of emergency after a rash of suicide attempts was reported over the weekend. It's not the first time the James Bay community of about 2,000 has made such a declaration.
Thirteen young people in Attawapiskat were taken to hospital Monday night over fears of a suicide pact just days after the northern Ontario community declared a state of emergency after 11 suicide attempts over the weekend.
Amid political pressure, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sent a letter to the chief of Attawapiskat First Nation — the beleaguered Ontario community grappling with a suicide crisis — to offer a meeting in Ottawa.