Nunavut government promises $35-million to battle suicide in the territory

In 2015, the premier of Nunavut declared a state of emergency over the high rate of suicide in the territory

Kent Driscoll
APTN National News

In 2015, the premier of Nunavut declared a state of emergency over the high rate of suicide in the territory.

A year later, money was provided to put stop gap measures in place to deal with suicide with a promise to write a more comprehensive plan in 2017.

This week, government officials met with police, grassroots, and various organizations to come up with that plan to combat a problem that is more prevalent than anywhere else in Canada.

“Putting supports in place takes an organization making a conscious decision to get on board and actively support mental health,” said Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes.

The territory will spend $35 million over five years on programs.

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Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.