Chief Coroner Releases Report On First Nation Youth Suicides
Review of 16 deaths in Pikangikum First Nation leads to recommendations
Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, today released a report entitled The Office of the Chief Coroner's Death Review of the Youth Suicides at the Pikangikum First Nation 2006 - 2008.
The report is a detailed and comprehensive review of the deaths of 16 children between the ages of 10-19 as a result of suicide in the years 2006-2008. The Office of the Chief Coroner observed, with increasing alarm, the rising toll of teenage deaths on reserve. The purpose of the review was to:
- Examine the circumstances of the death of each youth.
- Collect and analyze information about the deaths in order to prevent further deaths in similar circumstances.
- Make recommendations directed at avoiding deaths in similar circumstances or respecting any other matter arising out of the review.
“It is my hope that recipients of our recommendations will sincerely and thoughtfully consider this report and make every effort to implement what we believe to be effective strategies to prevent deaths of First Nation youth, both today and in the future.”
Dr. Andrew McCallum