Attawapiskat First Nation declares state of emergency after suicide attempts

An Ontario First Nations community of 2000 with only 4 healthcare workers has declared a state of emergency after a rash of suicide attempts Staff
Published Sunday, April 10, 2016 5:28PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 10, 2016 8:33PM EDT

The remote northern Ontario First Nation of Attawapiskat has declared a state of emergency after 11 people attempted to take their own lives on Saturday.

A document signed by Chief Bruce Shisheesh and eight councillors says the small community of about 2,000 on James Bay also saw 28 suicide attempts in March.

"Community frontline resources are exhausted, and no additional outside resources are available," says the document that was issued on Saturday.

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, told CTV News that the 11 suicide attempts happened Saturday.

In total, more than 100 people in Attawapiskat have attempted suicide since September of last year and one person has died.

The state of emergency has prompted the dispatch of a Nishnawabe Aski Nation crisis response unit to the community.