Innu Nation calling for province to follow through on inquiry after teen dies in care – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 202065 Views

Province announced inquiry in 2017

Jun 04, 2020

The death of a 15-year-old boy from Natuashish who took his own life while in provincial care has the Innu Nation calling on the federal and provincial governments to follow through on an inquiry into Innu youth in care that was promised three years ago.

The boy died by suicide in a group home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on May 22.

Innu Nation Grand Chief Gregory Rich says young people taking their own lives happens all too frequently in Natuashish and Sheshatshiu, but it’s the first time a child in the care of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development has taken their own life.

“We need to change the system. I have said in the past, this is a broken system and it’s not working for the Innu youth in both communities,” he said.

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