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How Ottawa and a First Nations organization found common ground on fighting youth suicide – CBC

Quick turnaround on suicide prevention funding requests is making a difference, says grand chief

Dec 13, 2019

An agreement struck in 2017 between Indigenous Services Canada and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation on faster funding for suicide prevention projects is “making a huge impact,” says NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.

What’s known as the Choose Life initiative created a streamlined and quick turn-around process for First Nations that are part of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation organization that need funding to deal with youth who are facing a serious risk of suicide.

“It’s saving lives. I don’t know how else to say it,” said Fiddler.

“It’s empowering our communities to look after our children rather than losing them to the child welfare system.”

The agreement came about through the ongoing on-reserve child welfare discrimination case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

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