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Coherent Identifier 20.500.12592/7cf9g0

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4 October 2023


In October 2014 Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation declared a State of Emergency on Suicide and Mental Wellness following the fourth suicide of the year and an increase in suicidal behaviors, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and unresolved grief. [...] Following the events of the past years, community leadership initiated a feasibility study and conceptual design to advance the development of a Youth Crisis Center in Onigaming First Nation. [...] ft Youth Crisis Centre, which is to be located in the heart of community, in close proximity to our Pow-wow grounds, ensuring access to cultural teachings and healings, in addition to conventional crisis intervention approaches. [...] We have submitted our proposal for the design and construction of this facility to ISC's Jordan's Principal team, however we have been met with multiple roadblocks and consistent frustration in our attempts to request the Federal government for their support. [...] The perceived delay tactics and unanswered requests from federal government officials we've met with have only exacerbated the problems in our community and have undoubtedly resulted in numerous lives being lost and the destruction of fami lies.

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