Nunavut had near record-high suicides in 2011: Second highest number since creation of territory

// // Posted in Aboriginal Health News, Inuit

Nunavut’s coroner says there were 33 suicides last year in the territory, the second-highest number since 1999.

The youngest was 12 years old.

Natan Obed, acting president of the Embrace Life Council, says not enough is being done to ensure children grow up with the protective factors needed to help prevent suicides.

Iqaluit had a record high of 11 suicide deaths last year. Nunavut’s 37 suicides in 2003 remains the territory’s record high.

Natan Obed, acting president of the Embrace Life Council, said root problems such as forced settlement, relocation, dog slaughters and residential schools all play a part in the territory’s high suicide rate.

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