The Opposition NDP is raising concerns about suicide prevention programs in northern Saskatchewan where six indigenous girls have killed themselves this fall.
Opposition critic Buckley Belanger said the government promoted an 811 emergency phone line for suicide calls, but in the middle of the night there have been times when no one was available to answer them.
In the legislature, Belanger asked the government how it can promote a plan that isn’t available when people desperately need it.
Greg Ottenbreit, minister of rural and remote health, says an alternative is available and the province is trying to improve the programs.
He said the government continues to train nurses and other health professionals to work in northern communities.