July 15th, 2021
STATEMENT: Tataskweyak Cree Nation Needs Support Now
Tataskweyak Cree Nation needs support now.
When I was contacted by family members of young people who tragically committed suicide in TCN, I followed up immediately.
I reached out to leaders and community members dealing with the crisis.
I immediately contacted the Minister of Indigenous Services urging him and his department to take immediate and comprehensive action in response to TCN’s State of Emergency.
This crisis didn’t just happen. Community members have been clear - the COVID-19 crisis took a toll on young peoples’ mental health. The few resources that existed were overstretched and inadequate.
The tragic situation in TCN highlights how Canada is failing to provide supports, yes. But even more failing to give young people in Northern and Indigenous communities hope.
The Federal Government must act now. To support TCN in this time of crisis.